How did I get it?:
I bought it!
For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.
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 realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
I have to admit, The Selection series is one of my guilty pleasures. Whilst I’m reading it, I know that it’s not the best writing in the world and I know there are much better books out there, but it really is like junk food, it’s addictive, easy and fun! I was eager to read The One to see how the series would wrap up. I devoured The One within a day, it’s just so addictive and simple to read. I’ve seen it classed as dystopian, but as I’ve said in other reviews of this series, it’s really NOT dystopian. It’s fluffy and romantic. Definitely not what I’d class as dystopian.
In the final instalment Prince Maxon has to make his choice out of the girls remaining. Will he choose America, who his father really disapproves of or will he go for a somewhat safer choice? I don’t think it’s hard to predict what Maxon will do, but The One doesn’t suffer by its predictability. I still whizzed through it and found myself smiling, which is always a nice thing!
The reason why I haven’t rated this book any higher might be a bit harsh, but I couldn’t help it. I don’t think enough was made out of the rebels. I think it could have been a much stronger plotline and actually pushed this book more into the dystopian it claims to be. I also got slightly annoyed by Maxon’s temper tantrums (that’s all I could describe them as!) throughout the book. I mean, I know America was being infuriating at times, but a temper tantrum isn’t supposed to be how you get your own way! 😉
My mini rant aside, I still think this is a decent, young adult read. Definitely a lot more lighter than other trilogies, so well worth investing in if you want a fun, addictive series!
Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars