Book ReviewThe One

Reviewer's Rating: 
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
Harper Teen, 2014

BOOK THREE: THE SELECTION SERIES.  For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they've formed, rivalries they've struggled with and dangers they've faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.  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.

I believe readers have the best year because when you love to read it's like Christmas whenever a much anticipated book arrives in your hands.  For me, I've got a few 'Christmases' to look forward to this year and May 1 when The One arrived was Christmas for me.  I was so happy I didn't even spare a moment to actually perform my happy dance - I dashed off to pick my daughter up from an after-school practice and as soon as my feet hit home, I ran upstairs to my reading chair and submersed myself for four straight hours.  Thank heavens for husbands who cook dinner!

Kiera does a smash up job of keeping her plot nice and twisty all through this 'finisher' novel.  The more I read, the more I was sure there must be another book in the works due to the number of revelations we get.  But sadly, that darn last chapter had to go and tidy it all up for us.  Bummer, but it's done in a clever way.  I will say that the ending was also a bit brash for my taste - and yet, I have to nod my respect for that surprise.
There is a great consistency in this series from start to finish with regards to intensity and movement of the story line.  The character development is well played, but I have to admit to a bit of deflated interest in the romance factor.  Funny given this is a romance based thriller, but the other aspects of the story held my interest far more than any love scenes in this novel.
Being such a well-written series, I would not recommend reading this novel first.  There are so many things going on that are resolved from books one and two that you would truly cheat yourself of a grand adventure otherwise.  You can cheat your diet, but you can't cheat this series.

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