Getting back into reading by coming one book closer to finishing one of my favourite series ‘The Selection’. The third book The One was an amazing continuance of the series and left me in an extremely good place at the conclusion of the book.
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.
Like the previous book, this one starts at the conclusion of the last. Maxon and America seem to never be able to find stability in their relationship, which i must admit is not a surprise considering they are participating in ‘The Bachelor’, with America sent home..but wait she returns (of course). The book continues with the final 4 elite and the selection still continues, however at a far slower pace then before with fewer parties and challenges. We all know the selection is over, Maxon will pick America once she gets it together but he also has back-up plans just in case, especially as her father does not agree with the choice. America continues to rebel and disrupts the rule of the King by her actions during the selection. This book details the finale of the selection, as well as the fight between the North, South and the Kingdom. We learn more about the North in particular, which i thoroughly enjoyed. The focus however was on Maxon, America and the other elite, their relationships and the personal development and growth of America. While it was slow plot wise, it still was interesting and fun to read.
America annoys me but also excites me. She makes terrible decisions and still holds on to Aspen. She doubts herself, Maxons love and her place in the elite and is she will be able to be a Princess. These are all fair for her to experience, but at times i get frustrated. Her moral growth and ideals however blossomed and i loved how she has such ideals and a drive to do what is right- even if it is terribly stupid. Her relationship with Maxon had some development, but really they never have the heart to heart talk that they need too. Aspen just exists and again is a thorn in my side as i read the book, though he proved to have some purpose and do some good things this book (apologies for the ineloquent writing). What i did love was her relationship with the other girls- Elise, Kriss and Celeste. They have such an amazing friendship and come to a truce over the selection, even become best friends. I was very disappointed that a certain thing happened to a certain character, and it was very unnecessary….
The king is just evil and i feel sorry for the Queen. She is so obedient and simple, always listening to the king and following him along. I wish she was a stronger character, but i feel that her being so quiet was to either show the effect the King had in making her submit due to fear or other motives, or to be an example of what the King wants Maxon’s selection to be. To be the example for America and the rest of the selection- be quiet, do not question and be obedient. She deserved so much more, but we never got to see much of her character throughout the whole series.
I really loved this third addition to ‘The Selection’ series and i am left yearning for my own Maxon to come and sweep me off my feet…but please dont make me go on the Bachelor. Slightly more action packed then the previous with some important character development and the selection of the princess. While the means to the end was a bit strange (the letters for example) i loved the epic fight scene and the epilogue. Will be reading the next book in the series soon! I feel it is coming to an end…
Let me know what you think and give me some suggestions for some books for me to add to my reading list!