3138132Reviewed by Christen Krumm

Author Kiera Cass has hit it out of the ballpark with The One, the smashing conclusion to the New York Times bestselling The Selection series.

Of the thirty-five girls who entered the contest to become the next princess of Illea, there are four left—and only one can win. Tensions are rising… and not only behind the closed doors to the castle. The rebels—Northern and Southern—are pressing for change. And America is still trying to decide if she really wants Prince Maxon and the crown — or Aspen and her old life. Who will she choose? And why is she suddenly the people’s favorite?

When you become a fan of a particular book, it is easy to become leery of sequels. Readers have in their heads how they want the series to end. Who this character or that character ends up with by the last page. Who does or does not lose their life for the sake of story. I, for one, love where Cass takes readers in The One. The story gripped me from page one (page one of the very first book, if I am honest), questions from the previous two stories are answered, and challenges are met with adventures and bravery. America grows as a character. In book one she thinks she has her whole life planned out, but gets a wrench thrown in things when she signs up for The Selection and is actually chosen as one of the original thirty-five. By the third novel, America’s view on life has changed, and she is ready to be a change for her country—even if that means crossing the king. America has grown from a whiney teenager to a woman ready to take a stand to make things right.

I felt America’s relationship with one of her two suitors (you are not getting the ending out of me that easily!) was cut a little short from book two, but by the beginning of book three, America made her decision (not that I minded, she did pick the guy I wanted her to be with). I love the fact that America and “evil” Celeste end up being good friends—and yet, she is still the same sassy Celeste. The ending was just perfect icing on the cake. Standing bravo for the final book in Cass’ The Selection series! The One is a perfect choice of a novel for readers who enjoy young adult dystopian fantasy and love fairy tales.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Christen graduated from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith with a BA in English. She’s a coffee drinking stay at home mom by day and a freelance writer/editor by night. She currently resides in Arkansas with her husband and daughter and is excited to welcome a son in August.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperTeen. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.