Monday, May 12, 2014

The One

The One by Kiera Cass
                This was the third and final book in the Selection series. For the most part, I think fans of this series will be satisfied and eat this up. However, there were many parts that I thought were extremely predictable. Some moments were cheesy and the stupidity of some of the characters made me want to chuck the book across the room at the wall- however, I refrained myself. Also, this book leaves you with a lot of unanswered questions; you might have to just go with the ending that Cass gives you and answer the questions yourself.
                “The best people all have some kind of scar.”
          One thing Cass did very well in this book was character development. In my opinion, it doesn't matter how good of a world builder an author is, if they can't create good, relatable characters, their book is going to fall flat. In the Elite, America was extremely frustrating. Good gracious, some times I just wanted to slap her across the face and yell "What the heck is wrong with you?" She was so indecisive and rebellious and it drove me crazy. However, {for the most part} of The One, she redeemed herself. Her more loving, kind parts came out, and at the same time, she fought hard for those she loved and for her country.
“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
         Maxon, Maxon Maxon. He is one of my favorite male characters of all time, and in The One, he won't make you swoon any less than he has before. He is the sweetest, most gentlemanly character ever. He was patient with America in parts that she was extremely frustrating, and he was open to listening to her and pleasing her. Let me just say, Maxon is the one character in this book who you do not get ticked at.
Celeste walked up, as strong as I’d ever seen her, and whispered something into Maxon’s ear.

When she was done, he smiled. “I don’t think that will be necessary.”

“Good.” She left, closing the door behind her, and I stood to take whatever was coming.

“What was that about?” I asked, nodding toward the door.

“Oh, Celeste was making it clear that if I hurt you, she’d make me cry,” he said with a smile.

I laughed. “I’ve been on the receiving end of those nails, so be careful there.”

“Yes, ma’am."
             You also find out a lot more about Celeste and Kriss, who, I must admit, I ended up liking almost as much as I liked America. Celeste is not really as cruel as she seems, despite the incident with her and Maxon in The Elite. And I know everyone has a love/hate relationship with Kriss, because even though she is really sweet, she is the one person America will have to fight with to get Maxon's heart.
        Another thing that bugged me about this book was that the rebel attacks, as they have been in the past, were extremely disappointing. They weren't pulse-pounding action scenes with screaming and running and all the different things that I like. But that is just me.
         I know I'm making this sound like it was a horrible book, but it really wasn't. There were some very cute scenes, lines from Maxon that made you say aw, and an ending that you would never expect. Despite some of the disappointments, this was overall a cute book and a good ending to America's story. Be prepared to fall in love with this story all over again.

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