Review: The One by Kiera Cass

The One by Kiera Cass

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.

The One is the third book in a series. This review may contain spoilers for The Selection and The Elite, but not for The One. I haven’t read The Prince and The Guard yet, so there won’t be spoilers for them either.

I feel like this series is a five star series that only gets a four star rating. The One was my least favorite book, and I could have gone even lower on it: a three and a half, maybe even a three. I ended up going with the four for consistency and because The One suffered a bit from the year I had to wait between reading The Selection and The Elite back-to-back last May. I’m sure that if I had been able to read The One immediately after finishing The Elite, I would have been much more interested in it from the start. It took a while — about half the book — for me to really get into The One, but once I did, I finished the book pretty quickly.

My reason for knocking the series down from five to four is that Maxon is an asshole. I can’t remember disliking him (or liking him, either) in The Selection, but I know I started feeling this way in The Elite. I wish I had been reviweing books then, because I had a whole rant about him in my head and I never posted it anywhere. He’s weak, especially when it comes to facing off with his father over America. America, or anyone, really, deserves someone who’s going to stand up for her, not someone who cowers in front of his father. He refuses to support her and she’s supposed to want to marry him? I haven’t been able to buy into America’s “romance” with this jerk from very early on. I’ve never believed she loves him at all. Mild interest, and a strong sense of competition, is all I’ve ever gotten from her. She had much more chemistry with — and more feelings for — Aspen in the beginning of The Selection than she has had with Maxon for the entirety of the rest of the books.

As much as I don’t like that Maxon claimed to be so into America while hanging onto the other three girls (what was he telling them?), America did the same thing! She always had a backup, Aspen, in place just in case Maxon picked Kriss or Celeste. They were both stringing these other people along, without much thought about the feelings of anyone else. Maxon could have made his choice much earlier, but neither one of them was ready to commit, which may be why it took three books to tell the story.

All of that said, I’ve enjoyed the journey. The rebel storyline was always compelling and there were some interesting twists to it in The One. I wish there had been a little more focus on the rebels, actually. It was always kind of vague. My favorite parts of the series took place in the Women’s Room, when the girls were interacting and even bonding. There wasn’t as much of that in The One as in the other books and what there was happened in the early part of the book when I was struggling with it. So, unfortunately it didn’t work as well for me as it did in The Elite, but again, that’s not necessarily the book’s fault.

4 stars



  1. Great review! And, finally, someone else who thinks Maxon is an asshole! I really don’t get that guy at all and nor do I buy his romance with America. If he really liked her that much he wouldn’t be going off with all those other girls. I never got the sense that she really, truly liked him either. It’s hard to love the series that is mainly focused on the love story when you don’t buy the love story. Thanks for the honest review, excited to read this myself and see what I think.
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  2. I still haven’t read the first two books in this series. I have heard nothing but great things about Maxon so I’m a little bit surprised and intrigued by that. I’m glad you enjoyed this one and great review Jenna 🙂
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  3. I haven’t started this series yet but I do plan to. I always find there is one book that brings a series down but It still sounds like one I need to get my hands on :). Plus I need to see what I make of Maxon!
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  4. I only skimmed your review because I’m planning on reading this series and I don’t want any spoilers 🙂 I’m sorry that this book wasn’t as good as the others, but I’m glad that as a whole the series still worked for you. A four stars isn’t that bad 🙂
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