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The One (The Selection) Hardcover – May 6, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—Who will become the future queen of Illea and Prince Maxon's wife? The final book in Cass's "Selection" series begins in the midst of a rebel attack on the palace. The heroine, America, is one of four remaining ladies competing in the selection process in this dystopian saga. Through bravery and a strong character, America has won the people's hearts. However, the king continues doing everything in his power to undermine her opportunities to succeed. While the contestants are competing for Maxon's heart, many other events from the outside world transpire: America's father dies and leaves her a letter, she is shot visiting rebels outside the city, the relationship between Aspen and America shifts, and the Southern rebels begin attacking people in the castles. All the while, the protagonist continues to fall deeply in love with Maxon even though he is involved with her competition. Fans of this series will not be disappointed by the ending. Major plotlines are tied up, and questions left unanswered in the previous installment are resolved here. The star-crossed duo's relationship has its many ups and downs, but their love for each other remains. For general purchase in libraries where the earlier books remain popular and for devotees of beauty pageants, dystopians, and drama-filled romances.—Jesten Ray, Seattle Public Library, WA
“A real page-turner. Romance, royalty, and revolution in a reality-show format serve Cass’ boldly rendered heroine well in her quest for justice and love.” (ALA Booklist)
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For all their faults and mistakes, America and Maxon will always be my most favorite couple. I am in love with them more than they are in love with each other! I was super stressed to see if they had their happy ending, and then super delighted to see they indeed lived happily ever after and "so much more than that". <3
Thank you very much, Kiera Cass, for creating this world and this couple.
Very fluffy, very easy to read and finish. Some deaths, but not graphic. No strong violence, no swearing, no sex scenes. Suitable even to 12 years old readers.
I absolutely adore these books! I have so many good memories with the series. I remember placing The Selection (book 1) on the “Staff Picks” wall at the Barnes and Noble I once worked at. As soon as I got the go-okay to add a recommendation to the wall, I put that one on. And I remember my managers smiling and laughing about how many people (of various ages) I was able to recommend this book to. Seriously, the store had to order more copies. I take pride in my book talking skills…
Any way, this book could not have come fast enough. I know a lot of dystopias get compared to the Hunger Games, and at this point that almost always makes me not want to read the book. But, in this case, Cass actually pulls one of my favorite elements from Collin’s series –the whole idea of everyone watching what’s happening. I’m a little surprised not more dystopias deal with the whole reality tv topic. Though, in the long run, I guess I’m a little bit happy about this too –because then books like this one can become a huge treat!
I loved that on top of the fairy tale story, the dystopia type world setting, the insane competition, and the all the pretty dresses, there was also a voyeurism theme, where nothing really is private. Cass has a way of writing about scary, political, and in depth ideas in general, in a rather fluffy way. That sounds weird. And I don’t want to bring any negativity with that comment. If anything, I love this. She has a very easy to read writing style. It’s so easy and fast that I think it will be hard for any fan not to read this in one sitting (like me). But, Cass also goes into some deep topics here.
The whole caste system was fascinating to me. I also loved the idea of two different groups of rebels. I found the whole concept of the girls being attacked and bombed left and right an interesting addition to the story too. This was no easy episode of the Bachelor. This book has more death, more class divides, more danger, more confrontations between America and the evil king, more romance, more fighting, and lots of more action.
I know a big appeal for people was the love triangle, which I actually think this author also handled remarkably well. For me, love triangles either rock or don’t rock. And I also loved that there was a lot more at stake for America than a future husband. She finally decides what she wants and who she wants in this book, and it was so nice to see this character finally figure things out. Because once she did, she was a force to be reckoned with.
I absolutely can’t talk too much more about the plot because I don’t want to spoil things. This is definitely a book you want to go into, spoil free. Just know, I thought it was a great ending for a very addicting series. This is definitely a more romance heavy dystopia than others; however, it’s a romance done right. I highly recommend this to fantasy, dystopia, and reality tv fans. What a great series to take to the beach this summer! I give it a 10/10.