Young Adult Dystopian, The One by Kiera Cass is the third book in the Selection Series. A quick note before you continue! If you haven’t read the previous books, there could be some spoilers in this post.
The competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is coming to an end. There are only four girls left, and although America has finally stopped running from the strength of her feelings, something still holds her back. Maybe it’s the fear of rejection or the gravity of having to rule a broken nation, but America can’t bring herself to admit out loud that she loves the Prince. Will this cause her to lose him forever?
I wanted everything from him and everything for him because I wanted every piece of him.
Finally! America has let her infatuation for Aspen slip away and realized that it’s time to fight for her man! Honestly, this was my favorite book in the series. The author added some depth to America and Maxon’s love story. She also injected more conflict with the King’s disapproval and the increasing danger from the Rebels. If you haven’t made it to the final book yet, what are you waiting for?
This brings me to the first location of importance: The Rooftop
I loved Maxon. For the first time, I could feel it solidly. I wasn’t keeping the feeling at a distance, holding on to Aspen and all the what-ifs that went along with him.
This quote is one of the best from the entire Selection Series. Maybe it’s because I love the scene it came from. Still, the moment that America realizes how strong her feelings are for Maxon is when I finally caved and started fully committing to their relationship.
The author did a beautiful job creating a link between America’s importance, her feelings for Maxon, and what their union would mean for the country. It’s at this moment that America not only wants Maxon but everything that comes with him as well.
This brings me to the Second location of importance: Christmas at the Palace
“It doesn’t really matter how you feel about your character; it just matters what you do with it.”
America has never thought of herself as a champion of the people. Everything she has been through, all the actions she’s taken against the crown, have been selfish. At least that’s what America has told herself. But it’s quickly pointed out that all her outbursts have come with consequences, and even then, she was still willing to fight.
During her time at the palace, America hasn’t won any popularity contests. This is especially true when it comes to the King’s viewpoint of her. He has expressed his desire for her return home on more than one occasion, not having the foresight to realize what she could do for the kingdom. But will his judgment of America help his cause, or hurt it?
This brings me to the third location of importance: The Chapel
“I’m going to love you more than any man has ever loved a woman, more than you ever dreamed you could be loved. I promise you that.”
I mean… a great line, right? If you didn’t love Maxon already, once he starts getting all deep with his feelings, it’s hard not to fall for him! I’ll admit that it took me a while to warm up to Maxon. He didn’t seem incredibly genuine at first. The reasons he gave for keeping the other girls in the competition seemed rehearsed. But if I were on the receiving end of America’s drama, I might have acted the same way!
However, just reading the last 50 pages of this Young Adult Dystopian quickly changed my opinion on a lot of the things that originally frustrated me. Sometimes it’s not how you start but how you finish that matters most.