Book Review: The One (Kiera Cass)


 *I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 323
Release Date: May 6th 2014
Summary (From Goodreads):
The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.


I really don’t know why I like these books so much. There’s a lot to dislike about them, not least being America, the main character who is incredibly irritating and, to be honest, didn’t really do a lot towards the climax of this book. But somehow, they’ve hooked me in, and the nearly two month wait I had to get this on NetGalley (I know I could have bought it, but I’m very poor…) was torture.
Once again, I raced through this book, even though I was pretty sure I knew where it was going: I’ve already read a bit if The Heir so I knew who won the Selection, and it was kind of obvious from the start really, wasn’t it?
Still there were some surprises along the way. I really liked the lengths the King went to trying to manipulate America and make her do things she didn’t want to. It was such an awkward position to be in, I really didn’t know what she was going to do, or what I would have done in her place.
There was plenty of heartbreak in this book too, and one of them was quite surprising – a death near the end took me by surprise, not only within the plot, but I was surprised I cared so much as well. A lot of characters have changed since the beginning of the books: be prepared for your feelings to change.
I was a little concerned that it got very close to the end of the book and America still hadn’t told Maxon about Aspen. I thought maybe he wouldn’t find out, which would have been a terrible basis for their relationship. I knew he’d have to find out, but I dreaded it too, as I didn’t know how they’d recover from that.
The book was full of the usual America/Maxon ups and downs, which were super frustrating and I just wanted to bang both their heads together and tell them to get on with it. In a loving way, of course.
As mentioned before, I think the only thing that let this book down was the ending, as America is basically whisked off to a safe room and spends the climax there. A lot of stuff goes down while she cries and hits a metal door: it’s a shame she couldn’t be more involved in what was going on.
This was a fast paced, exciting end to the series (or this part of it anyway) with some great curve balls thrown in, even if everyone really knows how it will end. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into The Heir really soon.
My Verdict:
Ahaha I love this book, you should totally read it!