Series: The Selection #3
Published by HarperTeen on May 6, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Relationships, Romance, YA
The highly anticipated conclusion to Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is the perfect finale for fans who have followed America's whirlwind romance since it began--and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth's Divergent, Ally Condie's Matched, or Lauren Oliver's Delirium.
The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen--and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.
Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!
Welcome to my new feature Up Late With Kate where I share the latest midnight read that keeps me reading past the witching hour! Light that candle, grab a chair, and prepare to read all night!
There is just something about this series that hooked me. I blame the gorgeous covers (this one being the best, in my opinion). I also blame my friend Ame, who made me watch my first season of The Bachelor (the one with Jerry O’Connell’s brother), which was an addiction that it took several seasons to overcome.
The entire Selection series is a YA romance of The Bachelor with a little dystopian and love triangle thrown in, just because. I liked the first book, despite the flaws (Oh, I how I dislike all of the character names!). The second book really disappointed me because it felt like just a place holder and America drove me nuts with her ping pong affections (Oh, I love Maxon because he’s right in front of me! Now I love Aspen because he’s right in front of me!). Despite my issues with the second book, I should point out that I read it fast and furiously, so obviously Cass is doing something right to keep me flipping pages!
With the disappointment with book two, you’d probably think I wouldn’t have been foaming at the mouth to read The One, but you’d be wrong (hope you didn’t place any money on that bet!). In large part my eagerness to read The One has to do with the awesome campaign the publishers put out. Holy great marketing scheme! A week or so before the book’s release the publishers held an online event to unlock the first chapters of The One. I was tweeting and sharing and liking, reading each part as quickly as it was unlocked. So, I was back in, fully invested right before the book hit the shelves. And I ordered it and started reading it the day it came out. And because I had read the unlocked chapters, I was already a quarter of the way through the book!
Beneath the fluff and fancy, the Selection series is a story that I’m familiar with, I saw it unfold on the soap operas I watched as a kid. Who would America choose? Would he choose her back? For all that I’m midnight book girl, horror loving, thriller reading woman, I also love romance. And competition. Combine those two things, and I’m there with my bon bons and midnight margaritas! Just joking, I don’t eat bon bons. Well, I would, but I’m not entirely sure where to buy them or what bon bons technically are, but I assume they’re made of chocolate so they can’t be all that bad!
Not all books have to be perfect or deep. The Selection series was fun and entertaining (as well as annoying and frustrating at times). I’m curious to read whatever Cass writes in the future. The One kept me reading all night until I was had consumed every last word, and it was my favorite book of the series. I think of books like this as mornings where I just really crave a hot Krispy Kreme donut, maybe not as filling as oatmeal or eggs, but sometimes it just hits the spot!
The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass gets a Midnight Book Rating of: