The One

The One

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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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 One is 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'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 Illǎ, 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!
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062324153
0062324152
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (7hr., 25 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Rubinate, Amy
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 17, 2017

The One is the final book based on the Selection in which Maxon and America are participants. The readers seem to think there is only one solution to this book and that is to have the two together; but there is backstory playing alongside this and the rebellion is brimming to the top. America is realizing the truth about her family, her father and her life altogether and also understanding her true feelings in terms of the Selection in which she is a player of an emotional game. There is still doubt when it comes to Aspen and the life she had behind her, and when she comes to realize that Aspen still cares so much about her safety and life, she doesn’t know what path to pursue. Become a rebel and fight against the levels that the King has labeled her family with, or become the Queen of Ilea and live her life as another one of the royals. Will she ever be able to change the wheel of life that is forever turning? Will she be the winner of this Selection? Will she ever be able to let go of Aspen? Find out all this and more in this thrilling third book. Rating 5/5 (My favourite cover in all three of these books!)
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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callmeprincess
Jan 27, 2015

It was very hard for me to rate this book, I loved the entire series and the first two books were beyond amazing, so naturally I had sky-high expectations... It was close, so close to being a perfect conclusion for a perfect trilogy, but at some parts I felt it was rushed, and the ending was way too predictable. Regardless, I enjoyed reading the book and was very happy to see my "ship" sail (spoiler-ish). It completes the series rather nicely, and fans will not be disappointed.
“The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen. " America had never imagined a day when she'd be living in the palace or wanting to win Prince Maxon’s heart. As the Selection narrows down to the Elite, and then four girls were left competing for the One, America realizes just how much she wants to be with Maxon. But when competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

Author Kiera Cass has done a fantastic job of keeping up the suspense mixed with swoon-worthy romance almost to the very end as her heroine struggles to choose between her new love in the palace and her first love, who's followed her to the royal court. Between her basic instincts for justice and new demands on her integrity, she will have to make so many decisions in so little time. America had transitioned from the feisty girl with a chip on her shoulder who entered the contest for her parents' wishes to a young woman who values the prince and the country he loves. There is strong romantic dynamic as America battles her long-term loyalty to Aspen Leger, the boy with whom she spent forbidden hours in a tree house, and her attraction and respect for the future King of Illea, Prince Maxon. Political conflict and danger are built into the plotline as rebel forces try to take down the monarchy, get rid of the caste system and restore what was once the United States, and America is inevitably dragged into all of this. The king played a dark role in Maxon's childhood, and is up to him to stand up to his father, or lose the girl he loves forever. The friendship between the Selection girls deepen as America learns to love and depend on the girls in the final four who started out as her rivals in the competition, but not all the girls are what they seem, and some came with satisfying twists. The characters are fleshed out and the dialogue felt real. America is an admirable person somewhat unaware of her own magnetism and charm. She clearly has the prince intrigued from the beginning but doesn't really understand that. She moves along, making a difference with her choices while sweeping the reader into her story and rooting for her to be the queen. It ultimately was "Team Maxon" vs. "Team Aspen" tale, and I couldn't be happier be know the result to THAT competition. It was one of my favorite love-triangle and I think overall fans on both side would be content with the ending. So as another of my dearest series come to an end, I couldn't help but to remember the good times I had with these books, the joy I felt...Wait, WHAT?! There's another one coming out this year?!! That's right this conclusion wasn't the end, the fourth book of the Selection series "The Heir" is coming soon.

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