Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: Selection Series
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Online Read
BEST QUOTE OF THE BOOK:
“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
PEEK – A – BOO
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.
MY TAKE ON THE ONE:
Where should I start it from??? Let me start with the negative remarks and then end my review on a positive note. Yeah yeah! Please don’t be surprised. I do have positive pointers for this book, compared to the previous one, and to be fair- I don’t have too many negative remarks for this book. [Maybe I didn’t have the energy to do so 😉]
- So let us start with the BRICKS! Yay!! This is the future and rebels use bricks, as weapons, which fly through the window.Sometimes I feel the story doesn’t take place in a palace, but in a village with no boundaries, where anyone can enter with bricks in their hands and nobody even bothers to look at them.I was whacking my head with my tablet. I want to know how high the walls around the palace are. Does the palace have even walls around it or not? What type of cameras have they installed all over, when you can’t see the intruders till they are under your nose? Is there somebody assigned to monitor the cameras? At least place some guards on the palace roof… For God’s sake!!
- What a wrap up??? Anyone and everyone who could become a nuisance, in making this whole plot reach its required end, is just cleared – in a blink. Whoosh!! Gone…It looks as if the author suddenly got tired of all this stuff, ran out of ideas and hence brought down the shutter. It was a very abrupt end and I felt very detached to the whole thing.
There were lots of positive points in this part though:
- I was happy to see some character development in America Singer – the protagonist showed maturity and control over herself during various events. At last she comes out of her confusion and takes a stand. She faces the king but controls her impulsive behaviour. She stands along with the prince in difficult situations, without wavering or having second thoughts. This was a pleasant transition seen in America’s character. It certainly made the book more interesting than the rest.
- There were many romantic moments in this whole book which really were beautifully described – Loved the letters from Maxon.
- There was satisfactory involvement of other competitors in this book. As a reader, I came to know more about their opinions and fears. I could view them in a whole new light. I loved the part where they bond over simple activities and make confessions.
- This book portrayed Prince Maxon to his best. The qualities which a crown prince should possess came out thoroughly. His stability, calmness and futuristic thinking were well known. Various scenes in the book help us to know about his loyalty towards his country, his zeal to make things right for his subjects, his courage to take steps for creating peaceful environment.
I had liked this character from the first book itself. But, this time I adored him to the core… especially when he comes out of his shell to express his feelings…
All in all, the third book of this SERIES is a pleasant read.
Have you read the series? If yes, then what did you think of the book. Please leave your opinions in the comment box below. Would love to read about them.