The One (The Selection #3), by Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian, Romance
Rating: 60000000 STARS.
Goodreads Summary: The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.
America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end 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.
From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.
There are simply no specific number of gifs that I could use that could simply express my gratitude and LOVE AND ADORATION AND AMOUNT OF FEELS that I have encountered with this book and this whole series. So I won't use a gif (yet) in the beginning to show my craziness for this book, but please note that this is my favourite book of 2014, and best ending to a trilogy.
Be aware that I have just finished this book and am still getting over it (it will take a long time) so my review won't be as detailed and long as they usually are because this was spectacularly amazing.
"But even now I know that this isn't a fairy tale, I know that we'll have hard times, confusing times. I know that things won't always happen the way we want them to and that we'll have to work to remember that we chose this. It won't be perfect, not all the time. This isn't happily ever after. It's so much more than that."
I remember buying The Selection when I was twelve. I picked it up so many times, read the first few pages and was like "Eh, I don't feel like reading this right now." I put it back into my bookshelf until that one snowy December day when I was sick with my head pounding and decided to pick it up. Next thing I knew it, I finished the book and I was fangirling. But fangirling didn't exist back then, didn't it?
So here we are, in 2014. I have been anticipating this book for over two years now, and the day this came out, I went out and got it on my Kindle. (But I'll obviously buy a physical copy for my collection.) I just had to get it.
This book zoomed into the action and romance so quickly. It takes place right where the second book left off, and we didn't even need a recap of what was going on. I remembered who the characters were (since there weren't that many anyways) and I was craving for the ending, which I had made many interpretations about. I knew that it could be either really fudging sad, or so happy, but either way, my feels would explode and I would be bawling. I just knew it. Oh, and the theories about the white dress America is wearing in the cover? Holy fudgesicles, wedding dress or funeral dress. That thought was in my mind for a long time. I just expected America to die any minute while reading this.
How can you even get bored reading this? You just can't. It's so captivating and you can't put this down, unless you want a beautiful book sitting on a table intimidating you, then you're absolutely good. Otherwise, make sure you have a few hours to pitch in to read this, no fun and games in between.
This book is made out of a select few genres- romance, dystopia, chick-lit and adventure, and I find that throughout this whole trilogy, everything seemed to flow perfectly together. It's like the genres are meant to be. No other author has ever established something so strong and flowing like this. And the thing is, every minute of the aspects the genres created are those to keepsake.
Have you ever read a book that made you happy, then sad, then happy again? Yep, this perfectly explains THIS. It was so unpredictable, you never knew what was coming, and then plot twists were zooming at me at 5000 kilometres per hour, no joke. The moments hit me so hard that I began to bawl either way- happy or sad and then everything changed so unexpectedly. I love twists, it's what I try to look for in most books.
Okay, and then the ending.
PREACH. It just made me so happy and made my day, NO my year. I don't remember being this happy with a book, and afterwards, I just sat there smiling like an idiot. People (family members duh) began to look at me weirdly, but I DON'T CARE, it's The One, so that's all that matters. I'll try to keep this spoiler free, but if you want spoilers, read my Goodreads review.
I've always been fighting with myself to choose between Aspen and Maxon, and I never found out who I truly love until the middle of this book. And it's Maxon, it's just him. He's everything and loves America so much beyond words, and Kiera Cass truly created a character who just will break your heart. I felt like I was America making the decision.
I think we all had our problems with America, all throughout this trilogy, but I won't deduct any .5's or whatever from my reviews because the books are just amazing and you can't compare them to anything else. In the beginning, she was weak. One minute, she confessed her love for Aspen, the next paragraph, Maxon. Come on, girl! But I'm happy with the way things ended up. :') I don't ever remember being that happy for a character, and that means a lot.
Is it just me, or was Kiera Cass trying to create less scenes and dialogue with Aspen in this one? He didn't get a scene with America at all! (Barely) I'm going to have to read 'The Guard' very soon (ASAP) to see his point of view on things. I can't really say anything about him, but he was annoying. He's like a copy of America. One minute he loves her, the next someone else. (L) He moves on from her faster than a bullet.
Maxon, Maxon, Maxon. I JUST LOVE YOU SO MUCH, OKAY? OKAY. I couldn't calm down throughout this entire book. He just gave me frustration. :( I wish that he was real because this guy is the cutest most gorgeous guy you will ever read about. Wanting to die for America and knowing that she will be happy just made me tear up and those lines around that time just made my heart skip a beat. He went through so much, and he didn't deserve what had sadly happened to him.
Okay. The romance here was so scandalous, hilarious and fun. At some points, you will tear up, have your ovaries explode, laugh, or all of the above. It was so beautiful and at the same time, it made me think about what I'd be losing at the end of this book. And I just lost it. The Selection trilogy, one of the best trilogies of all time, has ended. It made such a progress and has changed many people's lives, including mine. This is a trilogy that I will be reading over and over again, because I just can't get enough LOVE.
No, no, I was wrong. This was long and I'm babbling too much. Bear with me. :')