If you have not read The Selection and The Elite, I suggest not reading this review, for risk of spoilers
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.
Hello bookworms and welcome back! It’s a bright and steaming hot Sunday here in Perth, Australia and I thought, what better way to make the most of this day than to hide in the dark cave of my room and write a book review? #lifeofabookworm
On this fine afternoon, I am doing the review of the last book in the Selection trilogy following America Singer and her journey to win the Prince, and the crown!
The One is possibly, by far, my favourite book in this entire trilogy. However, I believe that The Selection comes close to being a favourite too. However, The One is it’s own unique brand of favourite in my mind, because while The Selection was a warm up for everything that was going to happen, The One was a roller-coaster of angst, almost-there’s and extremely swoon-worthy moments; something The Selection didn’t have enough of.
I was glad to find that this finale novel contained much less of America’s frustrating actions. Compared to The Elite, this novel really toned down on America’s impulsive, annoying nature. I was sure that I wouldn’t be able to handle anymore of it after finishing The Elite. Of course, she did have her moments, and her indecisiveness was still alive and kicking.
I still wanted to shake America to wake her up to her senses. Honestly, her indecision between Maxon and Aspen was simply ridiculous by this point. If America hadn’t cut off Aspen so many times and just let the man speak, so much trouble would have been saved! Like come on America, Maxon is obviously endgame, STOP JUMPING BACK AND FORTH LIKE A DANG FROG. (Frog? I don’t know bookworms, lets roll with it okay?)
More than anything, one of my favourite parts of this novel is Maxon. Prince Maxon. Oh goodness, I can honestly say throughout this entire novel, I was swooning over him, even when he wasn’t doing anything swoon-worthy.
“I do intend on giving you things, but that’s not what I mean. I’m going to love you more than any man has ever loved a woman, more than you ever dreamed you could be loved. I promise you that.”
CAN WE JUST… *dies* WHERE IS MY PRINCE IN REAL LIFE? I WANT PRINCE MAXON. It’s in these moments and all other moments when Maxon does things like this, that I wonder how America could hold off for three entire books without falling so in love with Maxon that she can’t see anyone but him. Because within a week I’d be done for. My heart would be sold. Or am I just a weakling in the heart?
“I want everything with you, America. I want holidays and birthdays, the busy seasons and lazy weekends. I want peanut butter fingerprints on my desk. I want inside jokes and fights and everything. I want a life with you.”
I can’t say anything about that quote except: I volunteer as tribute to replace America right now. Please, pretty please, with a bright red cherry on top. *cries*
Essentially, this series is a total pleasure read. I read this for the story, for the crazy romance and the journey, rather than an intricate plot, well-built world or amazing writing. The plot of this novel is fairly average. I’ve said this before in other reviews previously, but there are possibilities for different directions for this series. It could have easily became an intense and brilliantly written adventure with political intrigue and a beautiful romance, but alas, no.
However, there were some great action scenes, and I loved the twist with the rebels. I liked seeing more involvement of the rebels in the entire story and there were even some unexpected surprises along the way!
There’s not much to say about this book really, except that it’s addictive. You can read it within two days, or even in one sitting if you had the time (I finished it in two days because you know, why the heck not?). Even though I knew the outcome of the novel, I was so scared for the whole situation. When conflict arose, I almost cried with the fear that what I knew was going to happen, wouldn’t happen. But of course, it did, because books can’t magically change their endings after they’ve been written.
And that is all for today’s review. I hope you all enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Have you read The One? If so, what did YOU think of it?