The Selection Series: The One

Make sure to check out my review of The Selection and The Elite!

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.

I went through two DNF’d library books in a row before this. I think I was surprised at how much I was looking forward to reading it–so much that I couldn’t focus on any other library book in line! Sometimes the brain just needs its candy.

I think what I like most about this series is that it doesn’t follow the normal romance pattern. Move to a new town, meet a new guy, hate the guy, flirt with the guy, escalate to sexual tension, have sex with guy, fight with guy, realize you love guy, epilogue. Cass’s series is a total roller coaster of calamity. One moment America is head over heals for Maxon, then disaster, then he is going to pick another girl, then everything is cool again, then the king is angry.

It’s a goddamn mess, and that’s why I call it “trash fiction”–not because I think it should be in the garbage, but because I’m trash, you’re trash, everybody is trash and we know it, please give us more.

Aaaaaanyway. The third book is technically the conclusion of The Selection. One girl is going to get picked at the end of this thing, so the drama really picks up. We get a ton of information about the rebellion, and it’s obvious she is preparing for an offshoot/extension of the series. Now, I’ve heard a lot of people say that she could have/should have ended with this one, that after The One, it stops being about The Selection and many readers lose interest. I’m curious enough to find out what happens next, so I’ll at least read #4.

Do you have an opinion about #4 and #5? I already have them out from the library so it won’t take me long to go through them!

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