Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Sarah's Review of The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass


The One is Kiera Cass' third novel in The Selection Series and in my opinion it was the best one. In the final installment of determining Prince Maxon's future wife, America is surprised that she has made it this far. When she first entered the Selection she would have never thought she would still be here, so close to Prince Maxon's heart and the crown. The competition gets heated inside the palace walls as the threats from outside those walls are also increasing. It is starting to become very clear to America what she needs to do and how much she could lose if she doesn't fight for the future that she wants.

Cass does an amazing job with her writing. Her words are very illuminating and she easily paints a picture in your mind. By the end of this novel you have no doubt just who America is, as well as the other main characters. They have all evolved so much throughout the three books and each one has grown from the experience. Cass makes it so easy to follow, it is very well laid out. I felt you could really connect and identify with her characters.

Cass is an inspirational writer. Her storylines are so well planned and the ease at which they unfold is mesmerizing. Her words pull you in and make it such an easy, hard to put down read. I found that when I wasn't reading, I was thinking about it, just waiting to get back into her world.

There are a few overpowering themes throughout the series and this book. The main one being love. But one that I found very intriguing was the theme of good and evil. We see this portrayed within the caste system as well as the fight with the rebels against the palace. We even see America struggling internally with what is right and wrong in her heart. What I love about Cass's writing is that her characters are raw. We see right into the heart of America, even if she is confused and struggling. I'm sure we have all had at least one experience in our lives in which we can relate. America is a substantial heroine and doesn't waver from what she believes in right. She has solid morals, is very strong willed and doesn't falter even under the King's steely gaze.

After I finished reading this book, I started thinking about all of the underlying stories going on and I find it very interesting how she mirrors the tension between the girls and finding love inside of the palace with the tension building outside of the palace walls with the Northern and Southern rebels. As Maxon gets closer to choosing "The One" the rebels also get more and more threatening. And with that, Cass ties everything up perfectly, delivered in such a beautiful package. She brings back small hints at things from previous chapters and books to perfectly align them together, all the of pieces falling into place. Nothing is left undone.

This book is easily a new favourite. So if you are looking for a light, easy read, with a good plot and strong characters, I'd highly recommend The One.

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