The One – Kiera Cass


THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy!

For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.

Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

The breathtaking finale to THE SELECTION trilogy will make you swoon!


Oh my goodness. This book was absolutely magnificent. It’s been a while since The Elite, and yet I never felt lost or like I didn’t know what was happening. The story picked up swiftly and correctly.

By correctly, I mean it had proper pacing and timing. For a bit, I did groan at America’s fear of vulnerability. But it was understandable. And Prince Maxon was as regal as it gets. I’m also glad with how the Aspen segment wrapped up. Kiera Cass foreshadowed a certain aspect really well, so the ending to that arc was expected in the most delightful way.

As for the other girls, I loved the new sense of camaraderie. Queen Amberly was stunning, beautiful, and so RIGHT. People get so swept up in competition, but there is always more to life than a current crisis. It took some huge events for Maxon to put on a brave face, but I’m so glad that they happened.

Moreover, this book was so, so REFRESHING. The average dystopian trilogy follows a tried-and-true formula. But this book puts all of that to shame. It feels so contemporary and archaic at the same time. At times, I felt like I was reading The Bachelor, and at other times, I thought I was transported back to the 1800s. There was such a great balance, yet the story felt absolutely present at the same time.

What Kiera Cass understands, unlike so many others, is that a revolution does not happen in a day. There are so many factors, hushed words at night, and plans. I loved seeing how public policy came into the foreground. I loved seeing the role of global politics and international relations. It was fascinating to read about these implications and undertones. The struggle for peace, and peaceful ways of solving conflict. The fact that things can be done quietly. It even critiqued the fact that people all-too-often run their mouths and act with haste, when time and thoughtful deliberation may suffice. Think of the lives that could’ve been saved.

So with all the great life lessons, a wholesome and satisfying ending, and promise for a better future, The One was a definitively SPLENDID conclusion to a wonderful series.

Related Reading

  • The Selection + The Elite – Kiera Cass (obviously… you kind of have to read these first)
  • The Bachelor(/ette) (TV)
  • Pawn – Aimée Carter (except 100x better)
  • Independent Study – Joelle Charbonneau

Rating: 5/5


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