This is the third in the series. So you will want to read The Selection and The Elite before reading this review.
America has survived so many tests and trials, attacks from other girls, attacks from rebels, a whipping, and now she must make a choice. Will she fight for Maxon, or will she marry Aspen? Is this about duty or love? How can she be a part of a kingdom that she does not believe in, a kingdom based on a caste system she knows is wrong? Will she even have the chance with rebel attacks coming so frequently?
Okay, I have to give it to Kiera Cass. After making America very unlikable in The Elite, she made a great comeback with The One. I don't know how I feel about authors killing off characters sometimes, but in the end, it made America a more sympathetic character, one you could relate to and not so caught up in the drama of being picked. She even made Celeste more likable. I have to say this book made up for the second one. So if you lose heart in The Elite, this one makes up for it.
This is the sequel to The Selection. If you don't want any spoilers, read that book first before reading this review.
America Singer has made it to the Elite in the Selection. There are only five other girls left to be Prince Maxon's bride. Yes, she's realized that she cares about Maxon, but she's not so sure about being a princess. With the rebels, she's also starting to realize there are more dangerous things than her rival's nails. But now, Aspen's back in the picture.
This was my least favorite of the Selection series. I was so mad at America for stringing both Maxon and Aspen along. By the end, it wasn't who should she choose, it was who will take her now? I'm hoping for a better ending. So since both of the guys are still willing to put up with her at the end, I guess I will go through one more book.
It's every girl's dream to be a princess, right? Not for America Singer. She's only wanted to save enough money to marry her true love, Aspen. He may be in a lower caste, but he's all she's ever wanted. Then the call goes out to every girl to put their name and face in for a selection to be the wife of Prince Maxon. Urged by her parents and even her boyfriend, America puts in her name, knowing that she will never be chosen. And then she is.
So I will admit that I did not want to read this book because of the cover. Girls in prom dresses, sigh, no thanks. But I have to say that I enjoyed getting to know the characters and was interested in some of the plot twists. So I decided to pick up book number two. As far as dystopia goes, it's not the Hunger Games, but it does have some exciting scenes in it.
You will want to read the others in the series, Divergent and Insurgent before reading this review.
The coup of the factions is successful, and now Tobias's mother, Evelyn, leads the factionless that has taken over the city. But even though Tobias and Tris thought the factions were evil, they don't know if Evelyn's system is any better. Anything about factions has been stripped from people, and they are punished for wearing clothing that resembles the faction uniforms. Now Tobias and Tris are determined to find a new way through the Allegiant, a group who is thinking of returning to the old way of factions. They join together to find out what the message from Edith Prior, Tris's ancestor, was all about.
Such build up, and such a let down. I am going to be brutally honest and say I wish I had never started this series after reading the ending. If you did not like the Hunger Games trilogy ending, you will absolutely hate this one. Roth certainly built up the momentum and left you hanging, chasing down every turn, and then...what? So without giving away the ending, let's just say I was not pleased. There is some sense of conclusion at the end, but it is not where I would have gone with the story. Sorry, I like my semi-happy endings.
You will want to read the others in the series, Delirium and Pandemonium before reading this review.
Lena can hardly believe that Alex is alive. After falling in love with Julian, she doesn't know where to turn. At the same time, her best friend, Hana, is preparing to marry the mayor, and life seems to be working out just as she planned after her cure. Will either of them find happiness or safety in a world that is at war?
Sorry to say that I did not enjoy this final book in the trilogy. There was too much thought process and not enough action for me. Also there was a lot more swearing (though there was some in the first two) in this last book. The ending for me did not make me feel like the story was wrapped up, and I kept waiting for something more that was not there.
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