Review: The One by Kiera Cass

June 6, 2014 Review 56 ★★

Review: The One by Kiera Cass
The One by Kiera Cass by Kiera Cass
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Purchased
Pages: 336
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Series: The Selection #3
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Young Adult
The highly anticipated third book in Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Timesbestselling Selection series, The Onewill captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales.The One is perfect for the fans who have followed America’s whirlwind romance since it began—and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth’sDivergent, Ally Condie’sMatched, or Lauren Oliver’sDelirium.

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!


This review contains minor spoilers.

The Selection books are a guilty pleasure. They have a lot of issues and THE ONE is no exception. But for some reason, I find them incredibly fun and easy to read, an escape for three or four hours.

THE ONE did not get off to a very good start. Immediately, America was already getting on my nerves. She was trying to get Maxon to sleep with her so she could win the competition. Someone calls her trashy, she calls them jealous, and so on. Right after a rebel attack too. Priorities.

“I thought of a soldier going to war. Different armor but the same idea.
Tonight I was taking down a man.”

Which then begins an uncomfortable chapter where she tries to seduce him in the most awkward ways and they both act way out of character. So yeah, not a good beginning.

The focus finally shifts more towards the rebels, but it didn’t have a lot of depth. I’m pretty sure the rebel plot was included just to add something else to the series, so they weren’t completely about this love triangle (even though it totally is). There really wasn’t much action where the rebels were concerned, just a lot of talking about it.

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A lot of the characters go back and forth on what they want, especially America, and it’s pretty frustrating. Maxon still can’t decide who the winner of the Selection should be and Aspen is somewhat absent from the book, making appearances where it is convenient. But back to America, she even admits that she is stringing along one of the boys in case the other rejects her.

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Even with all of this, the book was still somewhat fun to read, and definitely entertaining-just like your favorite reality TV show. I was disappointed when a lot of the issues I had with THE SELECTION and THE ELITE were still present (if not stronger) in this book, but none of that is really why I read the books. It would have been nice, but I wasn’t really expecting it.

I was happy with the ending overall, although the book could have been better.

Rating Report
Overall: 2

56 Responses to “Review: The One by Kiera Cass”

  1. Andreea

    I haven’t read your review, because I still have to read this series. It’s on my wish list. But I just saw your rating. Oh, so I guess it was bad? The majority seems to love The One and this series, but I have heard that there are some people out there that were disappointed in this conclusion, saying that there wasn’t any character developpment.

    Hmm, I still want to read at least the first book and see if it’s for me or not.

    Anyway, I will come back after I’ve read it and check out your review then.

    Hope you don’t mind that I didn’t read it now, but since you mentioned that your review contains minor spoilers, I decided just check out your rating only for now:)
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    • Alise

      All the books have their fair share of issues. The thing is, it’s kind of like the book version of reality TV so it’s somewhat entertaining, that’s why I continued with the series.

      No worries. I have a quote in there and I talked about a scene where the main character was being awful but that’s it for spoilers I think.

    • Alise

      I can kind of see that but the more I thought about it the more I realized that if these issues were in any other book it would be a DNF or The Worst Book Ever. I agree! Yeah, it was underwhelming. Thanks!

  2. Rashika

    I don’t think I’d be able to read this series.. even if it was just for fun. I despise love triangles from the bottom of my heart and… if a girl admits to stringing a boy along ‘just in case’, WELL GTFO YOU LITTLE SHIT. No one wants you here (I am saying that to America lol). BUT I do know what you mean. I’ve read terrible books that I somehow end up liking while simultaneously not liking them.

    Fantastic review, Alise!! :)
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    • Alise

      Bahaha xD

      Yeah, that made me pretty frustrated. The whole situation was just… gah. Right? :P So strange how that works.

      Thanks! :D

  3. Franny

    Oh, sorry you didn’t enjoy it. I’ve read so much about this series (even though there are opposite opinions) and I’ve always been intrigued by the beautiful covers. Is this the conclusion to a trilogy or will there be more books?
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    • Alise

      It definitely has it’s entertainment value but they also have so many issues. This is the conclusion but you never know.

    • Alise

      :D Haha yeah, I love that show. Right? Funny how that works, because if any other MC was like her I wouldn’t be able to put up with it.

  4. brandileigh2003

    I skimmed because I still want to read this, but sorry to hear that it didn’t really live up to what it could have been. The others have been a pleasure at the end of my days, but not sure if this will follow
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I guess I was just hoping for some improvement but instead I saw the same old issues from book one and two.

  5. Kirsty-Marie

    Wait, wait, it took three books? Longest. Competition. Ever. Did he actually choose in the end or decided he’s better off on his own? Ugh, see, this is why I never read The Selection, I kind of want to, but I think it would be the equivalent of stabbing myself in the eye. I love the covers, but I think I’d have to want some mindless entertainment to actually enjoy them. I really shouldn’t judge it until I’ve actually read them myself, right? But I mean, you’ve read them all and this one sounds worse than the other two… Yay for the Friends gif though! :)
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    • Alise

      xD Yeah, he did. At like the last possible moment. Then he changes his mind. And then he changes his mind again. It’s quite fun. Haha, it’s kind of like stabbing yourself in the eye but having a unicorn lick it better immediately afterward. It makes sense, I say. Thanks :D

  6. Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    *grins* If I could edit that photo of the little girl, I would add in “blah blah blah” since it literally sounds like she’s saying it.

    The Selection series doesn’t sound like my type of book though – I mean, I enjoy watching the Miss America pageant, but I prefer to listen to the music if you know what I mean. Not peeps flaunting.

    Yeah, I’m a tom boy. :D
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    • Alise

      Haha yeah, that’s what she was saying in the show that I got the gif from.

      Exactly! That’s almost exactly what this series is too, a pageant almost.

  7. Danielle

    Yeah I adore these books because they are so easy to read and fun and I don’t have to think lol and I enjoyed this one, it gave me what I wanted and what I was expecting but I know that if it was any other series my expectations would have been a lot higher and I would have been less forgiving but these are just…eh what the hell who cares kind of books for me if that makes sense? Lol
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    • Alise

      Yep! I totally agree, especially about the thinking thing :P It’s just nice to sit back and enjoy all the drama sometimes.

  8. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    Haha yeah I’m not really sure I’d pick up this series, it seems quite ridiculous. I’ve heard a lot of people complaining about America as well. It does seem like a reality tv show turned into a novel :P Keen to read it just for the bitch fights which I have no doubt will be present hehe.
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    • Alise

      That’s *exactly* what it is! Perfect way to describe it. Baha, funny you should mention that because there totally is :)

    • Alise

      No worries! The first was much better and I’ll probably be continuing on with the series sometime. Thanks!

    • Alise

      She really is! This girl would not last a second in the real world. Right? I feel the exact same way about it.

  9. Faye D'Social Potato (@kawaiileena)

    LOL! I definitely see where you are coming from. There are those books that are really bad, yet you just can’t stop reading either way. It really feels like the love triangle here is pointless though, as the book’s totally forcing one character to be THE one(oops). Why have Aspen when he’s almost always absent? :( Anyway, I don’t follow the series at all, but I’m already irritated with America!
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    • Alise

      Yep! I want to say like a train-wreck but even that’s not an accurate analogy. Aspen was a big deal in the second book and then it’s almost like he becomes another case of the Disappearing Parent trope, except he’s the boyfriend. Baha! xD

  10. Joyousreads

    “She was trying to get Maxon to sleep with her so she could win the competition. Someone calls her trashy, she calls them jealous, and so on.”

    Ugh. I don’t know how you managed to get through this one, Alise. But that alone is enough to get my blood boiling. Really? You would prostrate yourself in order to win a dating game? I know there’s more to it than that, but it’s the reason why I don’t watch these type of shows, nor would I read a story along the same vein. Just. No.
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    • Alise

      I’m glad you feel the same. Some other reviews thought that situation was absolutely okay which is totally the wrong message to send. And nope, you got the situation, that really is it.

  11. Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of the first book, so I never continued the series. It sounds like I made the right choice because everything you’ve mentioned would probably bother me as well! Thanks for sharing Alise, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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    • Alise

      Yeah, all the issues in the Selection almost get amplified in the following books instead of getting better. That’s why I’ve gotten so frustrated with the books at this point. Thank you :D

  12. Kezia D

    It seems like there’s no improvement at all in this series *sigh* The second book was horrifyingly bad with America’s going back and forth between Aspen and Maxon — I guess her inconsistencies will make an appearance again? >< I do not want to waste money on this but at the same time I'm curious. Plus, like what you said — this trilogy is quite an entertainment despite the negative aspects :P
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    • Alise

      You are absolutely correct. I said this somewhere in another comment, but all the issues get amplified and worse. America is more annoying, there is more useless drama, more indecisiveness, more everything that I had a problem with. This one is worse because she’s basically made up her mind and yet STILL continues to hold on to the other boy “just in case.” Like, what? Gah! Haha, borrow maybe? :P

    • Alise

      Thanks! It’s kind of like a reality TV show in that aspect, I suppose :P I’ll be looking forward to reading it!

  13. Ashtyn @ Wonderland's Reader

    All of the characters were so not acting like themselves in this book! It was frustrating seeing the way they all turned into immature and rather nasty people. In the previous books, I had at least liked the other girls in the selection but in this one, I really couldn’t stand them at all. And Maxon, my favorite character, just tended to annoy the heck out of me. And I agree with you about the rebel plot line. It felt like an after thought when, in reality, it should have been the main focus throughout the series. I wished we had been able to see more of that side of the series and flesh out the world a little better.
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    • Alise

      My thoughts exactly. All of them changed so much, and it was all change for the worse. I don’t get why Maxon was so wishy-washy and the whole “no, we don’t talk about our feelings because I don’t want to be the one to say it FIRST” Like, what the heck. You could have saved 200 pages if these people just talk to each other! I completely agree!

    • Alise

      That’s an excellent way to describe it. I think if I just sat back and enjoyed it for what it was I would have liked it much more. They are fun books.

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