The One is the third book in the Selection Series and I believed the finale in the love story of Maxon and America because the next book is a spin-off for another character. And from what the title suggests, in this book Prince Maxon’s future wife will be revealed (which was pretty obvious who the chosen one was).
I gave this book 3.9/5 star rating, higher than its two predecessors, mainly because the romance level between Prince Maxon and America struck my romantic standards. Despite how annoyed I was with this couple, they managed to win me over in the end. For the epilogue alone, I would rate it a perfect 5/5 star rating because it was simply perfect in my opinion.
I had a love/hate relationship with this series. If you happen to read my previous reviews of its two predecessors, you would know the reasons why. If not for the epilogue, I would have given this book a lower rating because America and Prince Maxon annoyed me into frustration.
I’m not sure when will I proceed with the next book though; the interest is not in me. All in all it was a nice read (the epilogue saved this book for me). Knowing what the fuss is all about with this series makes me smug.
#I liked the Selection series’ book trailers too
#just to be clear I don’t have any problems with Kiera Cass’ writing
I liked this collection of short stories, but I was kind of underwhelmed. There's a lot of repetition (i.e. a scene that we've already read in the series, but from a different character's perspective, so the dialogue is the same, though the thoughts are different.) It was interesting and gave some more insight into the characters, and I did really enjoy the illustrations, but I'm not as eager to own this one as I am the rest of the series.
Unfortunately, I can't rate each individual story because it's been too long since I read it, but I remember that I preferred the stories about the more minor characters to the stories about Maxon and Aspen (because of the aforementioned repetition). I liked learning more about Amberly, Celeste, and America's maids.
On the other hand, I want to know more about Clarkson after reading Amberly's story. He was decent and relatively charming in Happily Ever After. It's so hard to imagine him turning into the man in The Selection, who cheats on his wife and beats his son.
In The Selection, the girls fighting for Prince Maxon’s heart started with thirty-five girls. In this book, it’s only down to six girls called the “Elite”, hence the book title “The Elite.”
I had mixed emotions reading this sequel but the one that stood out was annoyance. Yup. America got on my nerves. Well, Prince Maxon too. Both of them were annoying they almost made me pull my hair out. Almost. But don’t get me wrong, I still liked America, which was given (because I have an unavoidable sense of loyalty to the protagonist in every book I read). Her love and the way she cared for her father, little sister, Marlee, her maids and a few other girls in the competition were genuine and admirable in my opinion. My only problem with her was the way she dealt with her feelings to both Prince Maxon and Aspen. In some way I understood her but I couldn’t help but get annoyed to both of America and Prince Maxon. They were the most annoying couple I’ve ever read, so far.
What I liked about this book was the tasks/challenges given to the girls to prove their worth in becoming the future wife of Prince Maxon. Of course, I rooted for America every time and she never disappoints. She rose to the occasion despite being an underdog and the only girl left in a low caste.
This book was fast-paced, still addicting despite being annoying most of the times. Good thing I had enough patience because if not, I would have given up on this with all the I-need-more-time-to-decide-if-I-love-you that America was trying to pull throughout the book.
#really, I hate love triangle too much
#still loved the book cover though
This is my least favorite cover of the series because the model's head/neck positioning looks so awkward...
Anyway, I was generally happy with the conclusion to the series. I wish Lucy and Aspen had adopted. I guess I can still imagine that they do after the book ends.
I remember that in the first book, it's stated that a crown prince/princess is supposed to step up when the monarch feels he/she is ready and not necessarily when that monarch dies, so it was interesting to me that that happens in this book. I hadn't expected it, but it's happier than losing a parent in order to ascend the throne.
I also like that she demanded respect from her councilors, though I think anyone with that kind of power should purposely keep people in that position who have very different beliefs, so that he/she doesn't end up surrounding themselves with "yes men" and instead get a variety of ideas and opinions. But respect is vital.
Eadlyn has definitely inherited her mother's ability to leap to illogical conclusions in a single bound. She's gently rejected by one suitor and immediately comes to the conclusion that she is unlovable. Girl, chill.
I loved Eikko the most, so I'm really happy that he won (and that they had the blessing of Henri because he was such a sweetie). I particularly loved that he was allowed to show emotion and it wasn't used to emasculate him. Boys have feelings too!
I'm sad to see the series end, but glad it didn't disappoint. :)