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The One (The Selection #3)

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The highly anticipated conclusion to 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 the perfect finale for 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 Matc

ebook, 323 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Ebony Sometimes she made want to jump in the book and slap her stupid and other times i Loved her to death. Then in the One I was literally on an emotional…moreSometimes she made want to jump in the book and slap her stupid and other times i Loved her to death. Then in the One I was literally on an emotional rollercoaster. I felt like how Maxon felt. I kept screaming "MAKE UP YOUR MIND WOMAN!" at the book over and over.(less)
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Danielle My thoughts are that it's probably because this way she got exactly what she wanted. To be remembered as a beautiful young woman. She was worried that…moreMy thoughts are that it's probably because this way she got exactly what she wanted. To be remembered as a beautiful young woman. She was worried that in a few years she would be too old to model and then what? Now she's immortalized at the peak of her career.(less)
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Sep 22, 2014 Mariam rated it really liked it
For me there is no other way to express how I feel but through GIFS so...

I had just recently finished The Elite and was more anxious than ever to find out about the next one.
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Then I see it, on Goodreads, The One...
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So I do my Happy Dance
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Then something catches my eye, and it takes me a while to absorb this information
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MAY 6TH 2014!!!!!!!!!
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And naturally I flip a table...
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After my freakout I decide that as long as America doesn't end up with Aspen, I'll be ok.
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So I'll wait...
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And take action if neces
Jun 03, 2014 J rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Fafiliebe ♥ Prince Maxon ♥ Raffe ♥

After reading..

I'm just sooo emotional over this,, the sweet sweet sweetness, adorable emotional angsty love .. i love love love love this, i love it...

fangirling.. AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Maxon

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
"Shhh," I urged.
“I'll love you until my very last breath. Every beat of my heart is yours. I don't want to die without you knowing that.”
"Please don't," I choked.

“America, my l
Tiea Martin
May 16, 2014 Tiea Martin rated it really liked it
**UPDATED JANUARY 19, 2014**
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Maxon & America

For America, I expect her to be plain. Many times in the book, she is not viewed as the prettiest and continuously refuses to wear too much makeup or dress too fancy. Maybe in "The One", she will change her mind in order for the public to view her as the gorgeous girl her family, Aspen, Maxon, and many people see. I hope not. I like her stubborn ways! :)

Extremely excited about "The One" but having to wait one year ?

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Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

Gillian: Hey, Gillian. How are you doing today? You look nice.

Gillian: You don't.

Gillian: We're the same person, so you kind of just insulted yourself.

Gillian: I need to talk to you about The One. You're the only one who understands me.

Gillian: Well, yeah, that's because I am y--


Gillian: Sorry. Proceed.

Gillian: So, that was a book. A book that happened.

Gillian: Was it? Was it, though? Or did you
Dixie Marie
May 07, 2014 Dixie Marie rated it it was amazing
I was immensely proud of America by the end of the Elite, and couldn't have been more happy with the end of the trilogy! We all knew who she would end up with! I was crying the "I'm so lonely!" tears all through the last chapter before returning to my single life. Haha
Update: 25/9/14 I am officially changing my rating from 2 stars to 3 stars!

Why, you may ask?

The answer:

And with that lovely webpage comes an exclusive bonus epilogue for The One which made me a very, very happy fangirl!

There's even some irony in there:
'I made my way across the floor, sampling some hors d’oeuvres on my way. None of the food seemed terribly appealing, though. Maxon’s favorites weren’t necessarily mine, I just had to trust that everyone else would e
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
These books are such easy reads, though dealing with America's... America-ness was not so easy.
I liked that she stood by her beliefs and values, but it drove me nuts how she flip-flopped all over the place with her feelings. Especially since it was very obvious how she felt, a lot of her indecision didn't have much justification.
Throughout the series, I never felt like the rebels were truly threats, they never seemed very dangerous. Things changed towards the last half of The One, which I appre
Jun 25, 2013 Rhea marked it as never-ever-read
Wouldn't it be awesome if Maxon turned out to be gay? And then he ends up with Aspen!

Mar 11, 2015 Stacia added it
The Selection by Kiera Cass

10-2-12; 10:47pm : Team Maxon! :)

9-26-13: W o w. Look at this BEAUTIFUL cover. In my review of The Elite I said I wanted the book green, but I'm COMPLETELY won over by the white. It's gorgeous. I can't wait!


Hey guys! So, I FINALLY got back into reading/reviewing and I'm happy to say that THE ONE is gonna be my first review back!

I read THE ONE when it first came out and I've been DYING to do a review on it because I've been a fan since like... day two of THE SELECTION release. Ha!

May 07, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing
Team MAXON!!!!!!!!!!! Omg the name is out and it is awesome. The c-c-c-c-COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it.... is..... AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *super happy dance*

Update in the middle of book:
The feeelllllsss and OMG

Just finished the book, good ending but the feels, this book made me cry so much. It's killing me!
Kat O'Keeffe
Oct 25, 2014 Kat O'Keeffe rated it liked it
It had some flaws, but as far as series finales go, it was actually rather satisfying! This series is super addictive, and even though I was frustrated a lot, I was also totally invested in the story--I laughed, I cried, I gasped out loud, I shook the book (pretending it was America). This series isn't too deep, with more focus on the romance plot than the dystopian plot, but it's still gripping and extremely entertaining, like a good reality TV show. If you're looking for something fast-paced a ...more
May 17, 2014 Belle marked it as to-read
EDIT: May 6th, 2014

Well, The One is finally out today and I'm not sure when I'm going to get to read it, but hopefully it will be very soon! However, I did get a chance read the first 10 chapters at and it has made me even more skeptical than I already was, but I guess I'll have to wait see! Also, I would be really grateful if you guys wouldn't post any spoilers for The One in the comments of this review, or if you do at least tag them as such, because I do read all of them and
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Read my full review @A Perfection Called Books It's non-spoilery and gif-filled!

All right. Enough is enough. I need to stop putting off writing this review. Maybe I feel that writing this review will truly mark the end of this series. And you know what? I don't want it to be over. This book gets a five star rating for so so many reasons. Ok so this book was not flawless. There were so many things that totally made up for it though: the plot, the romance, the characters, and the ending. Here ar
May 26, 2016 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-live-for-these
i'll love you until my very last breath. every beat of my heart is yours. i don't want to die without you knowing that.

Rating: 5/5

Previous Review: Scarlet

“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 sta
Rating: 1.5 Stars

SPOILERS. Please read on if you
1. Have no intention of ever reading this book (good for you)
2. Have read the book (my condolences)
3. Just want to see me rant about sleazy men and brainless women (isn't that why we're all here?)

The One. This title can mean so many things, but let me tell you what it means to me. It is the one book in this series that got a higher rating than a 1 from me, mostly because of an ending that completely surpassed my expectations of wtfery. It is a
Lisa RC
May 30, 2014 Lisa RC rated it it was amazing
The One (Abridged Lisa's Edition)
BEWARE: This is a very "interesting" plot.
If you're easily offended by fan fiction, don't read this.

American (A): I choose you, Maxon! I really do! Forget about Aspen. I believe that the castes should be eliminated, but I like you. So let's just take it SLOW but get married first because everyone needs to know who you choose.

Maxon (M): Oh, Darling! Let's get married. GO CELESTE. My fiance doesn't want you here! I hate you, Natalie. Now please get lost.

A: Oh
Aly's Bookish Wonderland
Apr 09, 2015 Aly's Bookish Wonderland rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
EDIT 18/11/2014: Did anyone else read the second epilogue on the website?

What the crap? Did Cass write it? It sounded like fanfiction. Really bad, bland fanfiction. Booooo. And, really, it was to be expected they'd have a kid, right? Couldn't that have been put in as a flashback thing in the next book? And maybe written with a bit more love? No? Okay.

WARNING: Major ranting ahead. I will be swearing, screaming and butchering this book like there's no tomorrow. If you don't want to hear the rants

OMG. I don’t even know where to start with this one. I am an emotional wreck after reading this book. An absolute wreck.

America was herself to the best of her ability again in this book. She did make some stupid decisions at times, but I was nice the way she managed to uphold her integrity, and it was nice to see the way she realised her feelings for Maxon, even if she wouldn’t share them with him!

Maxon, was just, ahhhhh, Maxon Loved him!

( Although I have to say that continuing to snog other gi
Jun 13, 2015 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I may have liked this the best out of the three. America was still obnoxious, but I've come to expect that, so maybe I got more used to it? I liked Maxon more BUT still obnoxious. Every character in this book is obnoxious to some degree.
The ending was great, for me. I got real emotional at one part and was NOT EXPECTING THAT because I don't really love these characters, but I guess I grew to like them? I don't even know.
I wish more had been done with the rebels and other relationships in
AFTER READ: I'm pretty content with the end of this series. Review to come.


WOWWW THE COVER! I am so in love.

All I want is a royal wedding between Maxon and America, okay. That's it.

Jul 21, 2015 Josu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-julio
Siendo honesto, no ha sido el mejor libro de la saga, que es algo que todo el mundo me decía. Es bueno, sí, y tiene muchísimas cosas que podrían hacerlo el mejor, pero le ha faltado algo que tenía The Selection y que este no tiene... ¿Quizá esa magia propia de la saga? No sé. En cualquier caso, eso no quita que tenga las cinco estrellas porque me esperaba un final superhappy. Y no ha sido para nada así.


Me han gustado muchísimas cosas, desde la evolución de America hasta los increíbles
Gela & Pineapplez ♡
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Clau R.
I CAN'T EVEN---!!!

ALL THE FEELS. I'm crying with JOY!!!

I can't give this book less than 5 stars because I got what I wanted. Sure, the world building is as poor as it has always been in this series, but GOD, the romance was so BEAUTIFUL.

I finished this book in less than one day because it was so easy and fast to read! It has a huge amount of drama and it had me hooked till the very end!

I think I liked America better in this book than in the other books. She was more decided and she made choice
8 May 2014
You know what the biggest problem is with this book?

It is a little random.

There is no way to explain without going into details and giving out spoilers, so I'll refrain from that. Let's just say that... events and transitions were not as smooth and seamless as they could be. I should give a nod to the author's attempt of improving on her art, though.
While I really appreciate the way Cass tried to remedy the girl-on-girl hate and develop the girls' friendship into a more sisterly and
Monica :)
May 10, 2014 Monica :) rated it really liked it
Cover reveal!
Who gave you the right to be so beautiful
I love this cover much more than the other ones because America looks fierce and confident. Whatever she wants, she'll get it.

EDIT 4/25/13
*dances* I got it riiiigghhtttt I got it riiighhtttt
But now I have to wait until the weekend to get my finished copy of The Elite.

Let's play a game!
It's called GUESS THE TITLE.
Alright, here we go ...

The Royal
Credit to Karo for this one

The One

The Chosen

The End

I'm bad at names but I really like THE ONE
7.5.14 after reading: So since the first two books (Specially the second one) didn't really talk about much, this one had to be crammed with half assessed information and unexpected (But necessary to get to the end) happy endings.

There are plot holes and glitches I don't agree with, but even then I got to confess that I didn't quite believe that Kiera would be able to get out of the gutter she put herself in the second book.

With some last moment cramming session of post appocalyptic situation he
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Nov 11, 2015 Carol [Goodreads Addict] rated it it was amazing
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This review is SAFE and SPOILER FREE!

The One is book three in The Selection series by Kiera Cass. I first want to say that I fell in love with this series right away in book one. So, I did not anticipate that I could fall MORE in love with its final book but that is exactly what has happened. As soon as I started reading it, I was pretty much useless for anything else. I tried today to accomplish a few other things but couldn’t concentrate on anything until I finally gave up and just read!

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Oh A
Lyanna (I need a Herondale in life)
YES. This book is getting 2.5 stars. The One was the best book in the Selection Trilogy but one of the worst books I've ever read - which says a lot about the trilogy itself.


I felt the need to place a "positive area" because I've realised that I sound so hateful. Anyways, carrying on. Like I've said, this IS the best book in the trilogy and let's be frank, Cass tried to remedy her not-so-wonderful writing habits does she even have "wonderful" habits? found in the other
Jenna Panos
Jun 16, 2013 Jenna Panos rated it it was amazing
Why should we wait ONE MORE YEAR for The One, didn't we wait long enough for The Elite? I know it takes time to write, but blah blah blah.

My true hope is that like somehow Kriss falls for Aspen. Somehow, and then Celeste will like leave, and so will Natalie and Elise. And that like the King and America get in like a fight then like America wins, then she and Maxon will live happily ever after.

But I know that won't happen. She'll probably be dumb and pick Aspen. :(

I don't have anything against A
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