The One (Selection Series #3)

The One (Selection Series #3)

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by Kiera Cass

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The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to

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The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, 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.

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Publishers Weekly
Fans of Cass’s Selection trilogy won’t be disappointed with this satisfying final installment. Lower caste and originally a long shot in the competition, America Singer returns as one of four Elite girls vying for Prince Maxon’s heart and the title of princess of Illea. America is as willful and defiant as ever, making her both a target of King Clarkson’s wrath and the darling of the people of Illea. She and Maxon continue to butt heads even as the chemistry between them remains palpable. The challenges facing the couple are unrelenting: brutal attacks by rebels, new political allies with a clear preference in who is chosen as princess, and ever-tangled relationships with America’s fellow Selected girls. America has the right mix of sass and heart, and her over-the-top royal treatment is enough to make any reader who has ever played dress-up envious. Cass wisely keeps the Selection decision uncertain until the very end, keeping readers on the edge of their seats to find out who Maxon will finally choose as his bride. Ages 13–up. Agent: Elana Roth, Red Tree Literary. (May)
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Cynthia Winfield
The final title in Cass’s bestselling dystopian Selection trilogy (The Selection [HarperTeen, 2012/Voya February 2012] and The Elite [HarperTeen, 2013/Voya June 2013]), The One finds gutsy protagonist America Singer as one of four remaining Elite vying to be chosen by Prince Maxon as the Princess of Illea. Packed with romance, action, intrigue, and bravery sure to infuriate King Clarkson but endear her to the populous, Mer’s journey keeps readers enthralled. A growing admiration for and attraction to the prince war with America’s lingering desire for handsome, green-eyed guard Aspen. With the remaining contenders each hailing from different castes, America’s humble roots mean that she must make the largest adjustments to castle life. As the least willing to bend to the cruel king’s demands, she continually finds ways to circumvent his wishes. When political strife among rebels endangers the populous and the press seeks contenders’ advice to the people, Mer’s urge to “Fight back!” makes her The Girl Who’s Not Afraid of the Rebels and a popular favorite. At the queen’s urging, the contenders build fast friendships and mature into their roles with grace. This expertly woven, suspense-filled tale is sure to please lovers of reality television, dystopian societies, romance, and royalty, and it already has a firm fan base eagerly awaiting its release. Librarians and teachers can expect copies to circulate widely and may find the trilogy suitable for engaging reluctant readers. Reviewer: Cynthia Winfield; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
The 35 Selection candidates have been whittled down to four; whom will Prince Maxon choose? There's contained, competent Elise, sweet, kind Kriss, gorgeous, bitchy Celeste and narrator America, who just can't seem to keep herself from upsetting the apple cart of the Illéan monarchy. Her impulsive thoughts and actions—when the bad Southern rebels start picking off victims caste by caste, she advises the populace to fight back—have King Clarkson fuming. He wants America gone, but America and Maxon want each other—maybe. Amid sorties to meet with the nice Northern rebels and the pageantry of the Selection, the tiresome push-pull of Cass' love triangle continues. America and Maxon and America and hometown sweetheart–turned–palace guard Aspen keep coming this close to having the critical conversations that will settle matters; it is this tension, not the pretense of political drama, that maintains the plot. Though there's some attempt made to fill out some of the secondary characterizations, by and large it falls flat. King Clarkson in particular is a cartoon of a blustering strongman; it's impossible to take him at all seriously as a ruling head of state. And for all America's protestations of spunky egalitarianism, there's absolutely nothing in her character or the story structure that does anything but support the corrupt system she supposedly rejects. Readers who think colloquium interruptum is an exceptionally slender premise for a 300-plus–page trilogy conclusion are right. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)
ALA Booklist
“A real page-turner. Romance, royalty, and revolution in a reality-show format serve Cass’ boldly rendered heroine well in her quest for justice and love.”
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Who will become the future queen of Illea and Prince Maxon's wife? The final book in Cass's "Selection" series begins in the midst of a rebel attack on the palace. The heroine, America, is one of four remaining ladies competing in the selection process in this dystopian saga. Through bravery and a strong character, America has won the people's hearts. However, the king continues doing everything in his power to undermine her opportunities to succeed. While the contestants are competing for Maxon's heart, many other events from the outside world transpire: America's father dies and leaves her a letter, she is shot visiting rebels outside the city, the relationship between Aspen and America shifts, and the Southern rebels begin attacking people in the castles. All the while, the protagonist continues to fall deeply in love with Maxon even though he is involved with her competition. Fans of this series will not be disappointed by the ending. Major plotlines are tied up, and questions left unanswered in the previous installment are resolved here. The star-crossed duo's relationship has its many ups and downs, but their love for each other remains. For general purchase in libraries where the earlier books remain popular and for devotees of beauty pageants, dystopians, and drama-filled romances.—Jesten Ray, Seattle Public Library, WA

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Selection Series, #3
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years


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The One 4.5 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 532 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah! So excited!!! MaxMerca for the win! I honestly cannot wait to see how this suspenseful romance novel will end. Cass's books keep you waiting in pure self torture of what will happen next. Will America get caught with Aspen, will America decide (finally), or will it be herself for the win. Who knows. Her books are definately a top pick for any romace lover, and also good for ones who likes some sass. Pick these books up, I dare you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. That is really All. I. Can. Say. after reading this. This series is so amazing... I started this yesterday and read for an hour or two. I finished the book at exactly 8:47 tonight. And let me just say one thing, I LOVE YOU MAXON SCHREAVE. Oh and maybe one more thing.... If you have not already, pick up the Selection and stay up all night reading if you must, read the Elite, and finally READ THE ONE!!!! Read. Ok why are you still reading this review instead of reading this series? I thought I had made myself perfectly clear. You. Are. Still. Here. READ. Ok that's it I'm done writing now so that I am no longer distracting for those of you who would rather read my review on the most amazing books ever than actuay READING the most amazing books ever. GO AND READ ALREADY. NOW.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first two were absolutly amazing i really encourage you to read them if not read all ready. I am really excited.
AllBookedUp More than 1 year ago
Smashing Finale Whew...what a read!  I don't want to give too much away but for those of you who are romantics like I am, who also love twists and turns, and of course love our feisty America and moral compass, The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass will not disappoint!  Cass wraps up her trilogy masterfully and gives readers a sense of hope in our constantly dysfunctional world. Let me just start by saying, I have absolutely not idea how writers keep everything straight!  Like all the little's incredible.  Cass will pull something out from The Selection (The Selection #1) or The Elite (The Selection #2) and makes readers stop and think, "oh right, that happened."  Master of her cart that Cass.  So beyond her impeccable attention to detail Cass was able to write a clear and loud voice for America that stayed relatively steady throughout the series.   America has got to be one of my favorite leading ladies if only for her flair for the dramatics and her clever ways to get around King Clarkson time and time again.  I can feel her struggle and confusion around Prince Maxon and Aspen.  One one hand she has familiarity of a boy she thought she had a forever with and on the other hand she has a prince who snuck in unexpectedly and turned her world and heart upside-down.  So who will she choose?   The world building continues in The One and I loved how it really showcases the differences between life in the palace and life beyond with the rebels and how that line is becoming more and more blurred as the conflict starts to seep within the walls of Illea. It's a good social/political discussion and makes us all pause to think about the differences between classes and how that either empowers people or disenfranchises and that unbalance can lead to unrest and that unrest to rebellion.   The overlying plot, however, is mainly centered around the selection process and the growing relationship between America and Prince Maxon.  Can either ever fully trust the other?  Would you?  I have always wondered how those girls of The Bachelorette do it, knowing that every night he's cuddling with other girls.  That is of course America's concern as well.  How does she know that she can trust Maxon when he could very well be doing the exact same things and saying the same words to the remaining ladies?  On Maxon's side too, he know's America has a past and has loved, and can someone really love him for him despite all the chains and responsibilities of palace life?  Will they both be able to open their hearts fully to another or does a certain soldier *cough* Aspen *cough* still hold the key to America's heart? All in all, a really wonderful read and wrap up to the series.  I could not have ended it better in my head.  I for one, was complete happy and at peace for how Cass closed up The Selection Series.  Bravo!  I can't wait to see what the future holds for this talented author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend made me read the selection and I loved it! Then I read the elite and I can't wait for the one! Definatly recememd the selection and the elite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am thrilled to see Cass's final novel and how things will turn out for America. This series is a pleasure to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I also am hoping that they make movies out of the series, hit YES if you agree
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They are amazingly good booky you should read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book more than I could express to you guys.! But I also hate the ending. I was totally disappointed when I reached the ending. Please, Kiera, write another book! We need to know what happens! Or, please write a sequel series. Just please, with all my heart I say this, tell us what happens. I will need Aspen, America, Maxon, Mary, Lucy, Anne, and whoever else I left out, in my life through these amazing books for a little while longer. So please, don't leave me hanging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a a wonderful book to end this amazing story, I actually read the whole book in about 5 hours. It was definetly worth the wait! My only side note is that I felt the ending was a little rushed. I would have liked to see 20 or so more pages about the aftermath of the climax. Other than that, I highly recommend the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no clue how to describe this book. It was so amazing and heart stopping. I cried, and laughed. I really enjoyed this series. Kiera, PLEASE, PLEASE continue making books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it all through the night when it was released, finshed it in 8 hours. Could NOT put it down. I would recommend this series to my best friend and my worst enemy just so they can see what i got to experience! Lol. Trust me read it. And now that they are all released you dont have wait to read the next book, like me. Keep going till the end - then again you wont have choice because the story wont let you put it down.
beautybabydoll More than 1 year ago
Wow. I feel as if I just lost a friend, after following this series from the beginning. What an absolutely gorgeous way to end the series. I couldn't have asked for anything better. Mrs. Cass definitely left me with a feeling of completeness and had me on the edge of my seat the whole book. You will cry. You will laugh. And you'll fall even more in love with the characters you already know. This book is amazing, and now that it's all over...I don't know what to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book I read of this series. I was hook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Loved this book!!!!!! I hope they get made into a movie!!!! <3<3<3<3<3<3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got up at 5:30 this morning, jumped out of bed, just to get the book. Thank you kiera cass. MAXON HAS TO WIN!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have to say the last book is the best book! Simply amazing. I cried my eyes out and I am so thrilled with the way the book ended! I'm so happy that america is happy and found her true love! I can't say much but ladis please read it and I promise you won't regret it! The whole series was great and the last book was worth the wait! This book truly is a modern fairy tale and the ending was :) happily ever after!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I litterly read this book for 5 hours straight. You should read or else you have no idea what you are missing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope they make a second one. I cried sooooo much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had been waiting to read this book for so long and I was excited when i finally had the chance to get it. It's a real page turner and emotional roller coaster, but I loved it and this series will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you Kiera Cass for being amazing and writing this series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been with this series from the beginning and fell in love with it from the start. I love this series so much, along with the concept of the rebels and the complex love story. Even though Maxons charactrer got me very annoyed and doubtful (I'm still team Maxon) at times, Im satisfied from this ending: given we have a sense of closure and have the answers we need. Thank you, Kierra Cass for this beautiful story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I highly recommend it, but my only issue is that there wasn't an epilogue. Could Kiera make a book out of it would be phenomenal!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absoloutly loved this series! I laughed and cried. By far one of my most favorite series ever!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe its over. I'm willing to wait another 7000 years just to get another book. Gosh that was incredible and it was perfect and everything
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in one seating and loved it!