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The One (The Selection Stories) Paperback – January 1, 2014
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I have faithfully followed America, Maxon and Aspen through to the end in hopes of...more.
It seems to me there was a wealth of possibilities that all fell short with the series. This could have been great if the story telling wasn't quite so single minded and there was more focus on where to place emphasis on expanding details and background, and when to stop over cooking a plot point or even a chunk of information. Quite a bit of information was laid out that was interesting but never explored. It felt like it should or would have value within the story, but never did. Alternately, information with superficial value was often expounded on, many times, ad nauseam; which leant nothing to the story save a cringe.
The groundwork was laid for a look at an socially unraveling post war American society with a royal family. What an intriguing concept! America (Country: not the heroine) with a royal family - in a post war with China setting - in and of itself had all the possibility of great things to come. I enjoyed the premise of the story but all in all it provided very superficial entertainment. I know there is a "The Bachelor" element to it that combined some attempts at serious looks into a society that is flawed but overall; I've been left wanting. The beauty of this series is only skin deep. You never really get a true peak behind the curtain. It felt like a reality show in truth.Read more ›
This isn't going to be the best of reviews if you are one of those "OMGOSH I LOVED THIS BOOK/TRILOGY/ETC" kinda person, I'll probably disappoint you. I'm going to be try to be short and sweet and to the point. It's just a viewpoint. It's just my thoughts. If you don't agree, great. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.
I had problems with this "love story", due to the characters so very fickle in their "love". I had trouble with "America" as in, I don't know, seeming egotistical? Yep, I recognized the whole Ester/Cinderella story in this, but would this story have worked if she would have stayed with Aspen? Think "Twilight" with Edward/Jacob/Bella. Think the Hunger Games with Peeta/Gale. Those characters had character. I would have respected Aspen a bit more if he'd stay true to the end in his love for America, as did Jacob, or even as did Gale. They never wavered in their devotion to their heroines and these guys did. It was so frustrating to see America play them. Yeah, I get she was "torn", but I'm just calling it as I see it. She pretty much played them, didn't have to have any real accountability, until the end when her sister called her on it, but it took till book 3 for someone to call her out.
And the whole "Bachelor" thing. I hate that reality show, but only because it's hard to take anyone seriously who says, "I love you will you marry me" after kissing loads of other girls. And all the whole kissing/making out sessions? Yeah, I get Twilight did the whole scene too, but at least they actually said, "I LOVE YOU!" Maxon and America?Read more ›
Some non spoilery critiques...The Bachelor style reality show element of the Selection, which was already pretty weak in the first two books, all but ceases to exist in The One. This kind of disappointed me because I always thought there was real potential in that format. The weekly addresses seem unimportant to begin with, and I can't recall one from The One.
~~Beware - this review has some SPOILERS. In my book, spoilers don't ruin anything (if something's enjoyable, you're not just reading to find out what happens) but I know some people want to be surprised!~~
The problems of the previous books continue on in The One. However, the need to end the series means that these problems are not made even more problematic by the other book's unsatisfactory conclusions. To me, these problems have been:
a) the splitting of this story into three novels. Unnecessary and unnatural given the pace of the books.
b) Aspen. He's not a bad character and he is necessary, because without him Maxon and America would have had nothing (or very little) in the way of their relationship and the selection bit of the books would have ended quite quickly.Read more ›
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Absolutely love this story line and the way the author writes is so easy to follow! Definitely going to pass these book around and recommend them to anyone who reads this genre!Published 1 day ago by Keshka Kotera and Nicole Hunter
This book was a stunning end to the trilogy. It is well written and pulls together the concepts in the series very well. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Skyblue843
Great book...my husband laughs because I got through them so quickly, but I can't put it down! Can't wait to start the next one.Published 6 days ago by Breezy
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Love, love, love it! This book shocked all throughout. One of the best in the series so far.Published 16 days ago by Charla Marie Hathaway
OMG I CAN'T STOP CRYING! I want to be loved by someone this much I am so sad its over. I love Maxon and he and America will always have a special place in my heart.Published 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
Fun read but I do get annoyed at the main character's choices.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer