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Book Review: One by Kiera Cass

Genre: Fantasy/YA

Rating: 5/5

Plot:

THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the third instalment of 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 realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

My verdict: I read this book in a day whilst in bed with a cold and I can’t say I was disappointed. The tension of the selection starts to get to our heroine America as she realises how flawed their monarchy is and is continually being seen as a controversial candidate when it comes to her views on the caste system. She is often butting heads with the king and putting Maxon in awkward and dangerous situations with her ideas of how to better their society and forming surprise alliances.

We also see a lot of character progression from the other candidates with their walls broken down and true thoughts and feelings shown. This novel is all about dissolving facades, upon her beloved fathere’s death America learns that her father may have his own thoughts and feelings towards the monarchy and the real reason for wanting his daughter to become the next queen. We also learn that the founder of their country may not have been entirely truthful which leads to a revelation amongst the nation and a flicker of hope burns brightly for them. We also see our heroine America make a choice between her two lovers and ultimately deciding her destiny and acknowledging and being honest to Maxon about her own true feelings and goals for the country.

If I was to sum up this book I would say it reminds me of the white queen series but written for young adults with a fantasy element. The political tension adds a thrilling pace to the plot and sometimes the novel shows us that within a tragedy there is also a fresh start. An overall emotional read about love, loyalty, duty and friendship.

This novel also reminds us to be true to our hearts no matter what pressures we face.

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