Published: May 6th, 2014 by HarperTeen | Series: The Selection #3 | Length: 323 pages | Genre: YA dystopian romance | Source: Borrowed from library | Content Warning: intimidation, violence
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Some of you may remember when I read The Selection and The Elite and loved both of them. Both of them kind of caught me by surprise, as I wasn’t really sure how much I would enjoy them considering the amount of criticism I’d heard of the series. I finally got around to reading the end of the original trilogy, The One. It delivered on every expectation I had for it and then some.
The One picks up where The Elite left off. Four girls are left in the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart and, ultimately, the queen’s crown. Readers get the chance to see more of the competition, but also more of America’s budding relationship with Maxon and, as a pleasant surprise, her friendships with the other remaining girls. America was considerably less annoying in The One than she had been in The Elite. The second book consisted almost entirely of her trying to figure out if she cared for Aspen or Maxon more and it was just insufferable. Thankfully, in the third installment, she’s made up her mind: she wants Maxon. There isn’t any of that back-and-forth that was present in the previous book and I was so thankful for that.
This isn’t to say she makes some questionable decisions at times. There were plenty of times where she just… refused to communicate with Maxon which, as you might expect, caused problems down the road between the two of them. So many times I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and just scream at her to tell him what’s going on! Of course, since this is really meant to be a pretty feel-good romance story, these conflicts don’t last for long. But still.
I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to see the camaraderie between the girls remaining in the competition grow. In the previous two books, there were friendships that grew between some of the girls, but the overall feeling was still that all the girls are in competition with each other and thus they shouldn’t get too close. However, in The One they kind of accept that they’re all still here because they mean something to Maxon and that they should just make the best of their remaining time in the palace. This includes rivals making amends with each other which I really liked. It was nice to see this kind of “girl power” among the last few ladies.
I couldn’t possibly close out this review without mentioning again how freaking adorable Maxon and America are together. I’ve loved them together since book one and I still love them now. They do have a very annoying habit of not communicating well with each other (because… plot), but they’re really a swoon-worthy couple that I’ve grown to love.
All in all, The One was a satisfying conclusion to America and Maxon’s story. Although it’s not technically the end of the series, it can definitely stand as one. Readers that enjoyed the first two books will ultimately be pleased with how the competition wraps up, with their hearts feeling full. (And if anyone is wondering… yes I will be reading The Heir and The Crown.)