....I was in a desperate place. DON'T JUDGE ME.
This is the third book in a series, I reviewed the second book, THE ELITE, but read The Selection before I started blogging (so somewhere around August 2012 - WHOAAAA (cue old noises)).
I feel like I did a pretty awesome blog post about The Elite (and gave a shout out to the The Selection important bits), so any questions or whatever, go look at that.
If you don't want anything spoiled about this series, I would recommend skipping this blog post. It might be a bit of a doozy.
An amazon summary, "The highly anticipated third book in Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The Oneis perfect for the 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'sMatched, 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!" AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE
So, not really a spoiler alert, but this book concentrates on the wrap up of the Selection process, delves a bit more into the rebellion and how the country will be shaped by the Prince's reign.
It portrays a bit about the Prince's growth and America's growth......BUT THEY ARE SO INCONCEIVABLY STUBBORN. ಠ_ಠ
Seriously, if I could have taken the romance out of the book, it would have been so much better.
The One dabbled in showing what was going on with the rebels, but never got into it enough where it made sense. America we being included in on conversations with the rebel before the conclusion of the selection and the Prince was being a royal stupid head about how to handle all of it. They talked mostly of morals and how it would be a slow road to get to where they wanted, but they didn't really do much of anything. America kind of worked with one of her friendly relations to help, but it didn't quite seem to matter too much.
All of the political elements that were being built up just kind of petered out in the end (which was super disappointing).
But back to America and the Prince (Maxon) because that's all the book seemed to care about.
America and Maxon went back and forth a lot about trust issues, proving themselves to each other, grappling with the other girls' interference, and also trying to understand political struggles.
Plus the King is a grade A jerk who kind of gets in the midst of things in the super thwarting manner.
Then there's Aspen who (spoiler alert) had a conversation to end things with America that went like this:
America: I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, BUT I KIND OF WANT TO BE WITH THE PRINCE.
Aspen: I MOVED ON, GOOD LUCK, I'LL BE YOUR FRIEND FOREVER.
America: OH. ......WELL THAT WAS EASY.
In summary, that was SUPER that. End.
This book seemed to take all the good plot points that was working for the first two books and then just kind of threw them out the window without any satisfying conclusion except for who won the selection.
Spoiler alert: it wasn't Aspen. LOL.
Final series thoughts: The first two books went well enough, but don't expect much out of the last book. Also, romance is the most important thing EVER. [/all of the unimpressed faces]