Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopia, Romance
Published: May 6, 2014 by: HarperTeen
*MAJOR SPOILERS AND FANGIRLISH FEELS AHEAD*
The One was an amazing conclusion to America Singer's journey to win Prince Maxon's heart. Now with only 4 girls remaining, the stakes are higher than ever as the threat of war gains. Loyalties are tested, and America must make one final decision: stay with the life she's always known, or with a life she thought she'd never know.
THAT ENDING THOUGH! As I mentioned above, there are going to be many spoilers in this review, so please read with caution. But anyways, I LOVED THIS BOOK! I have been pretty intrigued by The Selection series throughout, so it was a no-brainer that I had to get this book as soon as possible. I have to say that it did not disappoint.
This book was fast-paced, enlightening and even shocking at some points. First of all, I loved America in this book even more than the others. She was incredibly powerful in The One, and she showed a beautiful personality. With everything that she went through with her father, she kept staying strong. She was a fighter. I especially had more of an appreciation for Aspen in The One. He was so thoughtful and understanding, and helped America through hard times. They had a special bond that could never be forgotten.
Then there's gorgeous, charming, did I mention gorgeous? Prince Maxon! Even though there is not an official visual representation of him, I can imagine him in my head to be just a little ball of sunshine and cuteness. The ending with his parents was sad, I felt immense shock for him, but he got through it with the love and support of America.
The plot was so balanced and interesting. I was kept interested throughout the whole book, and there were no parts that I found to be slow. I especially loved the ending. Even though a lot of people died (I even felt sad for Celeste) America was still able to find true love and not ruin the past. The fact that Aspen gave her away hits me right in the heart! I loved Marlee being re-introduced to the series, and I loved how humble America kept herself.
Overall, this series was amazing. I cannot wait to read The Heir, about America's daughter holding her own selection. I'll love hearing more about the new king and queen. An easy 5/5 stars. Now excuse while I re-read the last chapter again while sobbing profusely.
Have you read The One? What'd you think?
P.S. I tried to do the "highlight to read" thing to hide the spoilers, but I just couldn't figure it out. If someone in the comments could please tell me how to do it for future, I would be eternally greatful. I'm not very tech-savvy. Thank you!
Emily @ Paperback Princess