The One

The One

A Selection Novel

Book - 2015
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"The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen. America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crownor to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to loseand how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062059994
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION CASS...K
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 01, 2019

THIS BOOK IS SO AMAZING, THATN I CAN'T EVEN PUT IT IN WORDS!! but i have one thing to say, I LOVE THE DRESS IN THE COVER!! #KeepMakingTheseAwesomeDresses!

Nov 05, 2019

This was my favorite book in the series! I absolutely love the ending to this selection, and this is one of my all-time-favorites. You MUST read!

Aug 01, 2019

This whole series is amazing and couldn’t have ended better!!! I totally recommend all the books!!!


The One is the third novel in the Selection Series. The Selection is a process where 35 girls are randomly chosen to compete for Prince Maxon’s heart, in which they will be crowned the queen of Illea. It is a very fast-paced book that will keep you on your toes. As the Selection begins to come to a close, the pressure keeps getting bigger, and some people begin to crack. Increased attacks from rebels, people who are trying to overthrow the palace, are also interfering with the process. Out of five stars, I would rate this book a five out of five. Kylie, grade 9, of the YLPL Teen Book Bloggers

The One is the third book in the Selection series and is very exciting with lots of plot twists and new discoveries. America has finally chosen between Prince Maxon and Aspen and is prepared to defend her choice. America also meets two new characters who help her achieve some of her goals. I loved this book because it was very captivating and fast-paced. I didn’t want to put the book down! The One was definitely my favorite book in the series with a mixture of romance and adventure. I would recommend the series be read in order: The Selection, The Elite, then The One. On a scale of 1-5, I would rate this book as a 5. Analisa, grade 11, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Jun 11, 2019

Lots of awesome political butt-kicking, very satisfying, lovable main character.

Jun 05, 2019

This is an amazing book. I had an awesome time reading it and its series the rest and the books before. I love America so so sooooooooo much. The first book and this one and the prince are my absolute favorites. I completely fell in love with this book, i could and i did read it over and over again ,it is AMAZING. You must read it ,it is the best thing ever! Praise for it and all of the books series of this series. If you love this a lot I would also recommend Twilight it is just as awesome as this. I love them both soo much.

May 06, 2019

The whole series was so amazing!!! The ending couldn't have been more perfect, it left me speechless. The last plots and twists had me pacing around my room pulling my hair out!

Apr 04, 2019

I definitely preferred this follow up than the second book! What a dramatic closing! I've expressed I no longer like many of the characters, especially the men, but the drama had me turning pages. I finished this book in the same day because of the anticipation in me left by the second book.

Maxon, America, and Aspen have a refreshing change in scenery when they venture outside the palace. Celeste completely redeems herself and made me fall in love with her only to break my heart at the end </3 America also begins to care about changing her public image, but does so in a way that is so America, which was ironically unexpected and interesting to me. Kota got the reality check he needed.

However I did feel like the author overly exhausted using rebel attacks as plot devices to resolve a fights between Maxon and America. The last rebel attack also seemed to have solved more problems for the story than the rebels might have intended because in one flash, the king was out of the picture, Maxon forgives America, the northeners unite with the monarch, and Aspen lets go of America. All solved by one instance.

Cass also leaves the overall issue with the rebels and castes open ended. Of course I wanted all the problems to be solved because so many narrative resources were invested in the character's future plans for diplomacy. But the those macro issues that, in reality, would take decades to resolve, were too big of issues to be solved during the duration of the selection. So I don't blame Cass for choosing to leave it open ended.

Overall this was much improvement from the filler book that came before it. I was as entertained by this book as I was with the first book. I'll be reading the next book soon!

Mar 24, 2019

I absolutely loved this book! It had suspense and the perfect amount of plot twists with the right touch of romance and action. The way that all of the characters find their way from the beginning of the series to the wholesome ending of this book.

Mar 11, 2019

This was a great book series, really impressed.

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Oct 28, 2018

The best people all have some kind of scar.

Sep 02, 2017

"But sometimes it's about what you want to do, not what you have to."

Jul 04, 2017

"Break my heart, break it a thousand times if you like, it was only ever yours to break anyway"
- Maxon

Jul 02, 2016

"This isn't happily ever after. It's so much more than that." -The One

Helen Siyuan Huang
Jun 23, 2016

"35 girls entered the selection. Only 1 can win."

Jun 19, 2016

"But with his eyes right there, staring so deeply into mine, it was easy to dismiss that. I could forget about everything surrounding us when he looked at me like that. And so I did. I fell into Maxon's arms, holding him tightly. There was no place in the world I wanted to be more."
--pg. 196

Dec 02, 2015

"Hell, my dear," he whispers.
"Don't start," I warn in return, and we're both left smiling. He holds my hands as if they're the only things pinning him to earth and i focus on that as i prepare myself for the words coming, the promises I'll never break. It's magical really, the power this day has.

But even now I know this isn't a fairy tale. I know that we'll have hard times. I know that things won't happen the way we want them to and that we'll have to work hard to remember that we chose this. It won't be perfect, not all the time. This isn't a happily ever after. It's so much more than that. -America S.

_btrice_ Oct 04, 2015

"Break my heart, break it a thousand times if you like, it was only ever your to break anyway

Jul 20, 2015

“The best people all have some kind of scar.”

Jul 14, 2015

Break my heart.
Break it a thousand times if you like.
It was only ever yours to break anyway.

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Jul 02, 2016

It's down to a few girls. Only one will win Maxon heart. Rebels, castes everything will change once it's over but until then who will Maxon choose.

Helen Siyuan Huang
Jun 23, 2016

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

Jul 23, 2015

America Singer is fighting for Prince Maxon's heart along with three other girls. The competition has elevated and things are getting worse courtesy of the Southern Rebels. This captivating and exceptionally written novel will keep you glued to it from start to finish.

Jul 17, 2014

'The One' is the conclusion of the Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass. Everything comes to an end and America has to choose between Maxon and Aspen.

Jun 25, 2014

Ever since she was thrown into the Selection, America didn't know what she wanted, who she wanted, or how she felt. With the Selection nearing it's end and rebel forces growing stronger, America is now sure of herself. Now America will risk everything to fight for The One who holds her heart.


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Jun 03, 2015

Sexual Content: Some kissing and a brief moment that isn't described in too much detail. It's no 50 Shades but it's not the most innocent.

Jun 25, 2014

Sexual Content: Some making out, but nothing graphic or described in great detail

Jun 07, 2014

Sexual Content: A couple of makeout scenes, but nothing graphic.

Jun 07, 2014

Violence: Some violence, but nothing terribly graphic.

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