Friday, May 16, 2014

The One by Kiera Cass [Joint Review]

The One (The Selection, #3)4 out of 5 Robots!

The One by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Genre: YA "Dystopian"
Release: May 6, 2014
Hardcover: 323 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon and Julia
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And 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 realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
1. In 140 characters, tell me what you think of The One by Kiera Cass.
Shannon:  The book that makes me hate myself for enjoying it. Why can't I quit you?!  Ok, well...ONE more chapter. 

Julia:  The One by Kiera Cass is my guilty pleasure, totally enthralling and frustrating and I love it!

2. America is a unique character, what do you think about her?
Shannon: "Unique" is putting it mildly.  At best, America is...tolerable.  At worst, she is selfish, vain and a hypocrite.  Most of the time I just want to kick her because she drives me insane!  

Julia: I don't understand America, she knows the situation she walked into- yet she is awful to Maxon over the other girls when she has had indiscretions with her ex. Give me a break! Then she finally figures out her feelings and who she loves, and she doesn't have the courage to tell him? But then she can stand up to the king in front of an entire kingdom? Risk her own life and her family's life? But saying I love you is too hard... It is great that she is always driven to do the right thing, but the girl is frustrating.
3. This trilogy had a painful love triangle, go at it!
Shannon:  Painful is the best way to describe it.  I was happy that there seemed to be less of a focus on it this time around and it is pretty obvious which way America was going to go.  But it was soooooooooo drawn out.  Like, beat-my-head-against-a-wall drawn out.   Like, I'm-beating-a-dead-horse drawn out.  

Julia: The love triangle is way too drawn out at the beginning of the trilogy. Even in The One, you know who America is going to choose. So why can't we just establish that from the beginning and get on with it? Very thankful that in this book though it is more of a cute little romance than a "oh no, who will she choose" plot. I did love how the love triangle played out, for everyone!

4. Team Maxon or Team Aspen?
Shannon:  I've always been Team Maxon. I mean, he is basically written to be perfect, so it is kind of hard to NOT like him.   

Julia: I've also always been Team Maxon. I would prefer him to be a little more mysterious and bad ass, but all his sweet words and compassion are enough to make me forget about the whole mysterious bad boy thing. In my opinion, Aspen had his chance and missed it- time to move on, America!

5. Give me some of your thoughts on the plot.
Shannon: Oh, sigh.  Ok, well, there are really two parts to this story.  You have "The Selection" - The Bachelor-like competition to find the Illea's Next Top Princess.  And then you have the "dystopian" elements.  But the dystopian plot lines are so incredibly weak.  SO weak.  I felt like they were added because "dystopians are hot!".  But I would rather be sold nothing than a half assed attempt.  Now, if you love The Bachelor...then this book is made for you.  

Julia: I think the plot has a lot going for it, there is a love story and there is a save the kingdom story. It had a lot of potential. Though America is frustrating, I did love watching her relationship with the man she chooses grow and spin throughout The One. And the caste system is intriguing, I wanted to see more of what happens with the kingdom. Like Shannon said, it is weak. I wanted more. Nevertheless, I could not stop flipping the pages!
6. The One was an anxiously awaited conclusion- did it meet your expectations?
Shannon: My expectations were low, so yes.  In all fairness, I did think the ending was very satisfying and exactly what readers would want to see.  Did I love the journey?  It was a bit too drawn out for me - especially of the will-they-won't-they variety, but I will say I was VERY entertained.  And even when I was annoyed I was entertained.  Reading this book is exactly like watching trashy reality TV.  It's so addicting!

Julia: I really did anxiously await this book, and for all my complaints, I'm totally enamored with the characters. For whatever reason, it is excruciatingly addicting and entertaining. It did meet my expectations, maybe exceeded them. I was pumped that we knew who she was choosing early on and I really enjoyed the ending. Just wish the ending would have touched more on what happened to the kingdom after "the big event!"

7. Was there anything you absolutely loved about this series? Hated?
Shannon:  I loved that I was as entertained as I was.  There was a ton of stuff that made me roll my eyes though:  the "dystopian" parts and the incredibly cliched plot points.  I made 4 predictions and 3 of them came true.  

Julia: What did I love? Maxon's charm. What did I hate? America's indecision and how predictable the story was. Though there are a couple things about the ending that truly did surprise me. 
8. What's your rating? Would you recommend it?
Shannon:  I would rate this 4 stars.  Like I said, I was entertained and it was a fast read.  I'd recommend it for certain people.  People who like really fluffy books with lots of guy drama.   

Julia: I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this series if you need something enthralling and light. Love the whole series.

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
.4 - The Queen
.5 - The Prince
1. The Selection
2. The Elite
2.5 The Guard
3. The One

Disclosure:  I reviewed a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

1 comment :

  1. Even though I haven't read this book yet I agree that America is so frusterating. That girl drove me nuts in the second book. It looks like she hasn't changed based on your review. Looking forward to reading it.



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