Mini Review: The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 323
Format/Source: Hardback/Purchased
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopian

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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

*Warning:  This is the third book in a series.  While I really don’t like spoilers, you might find some slight spoilers for the first two books in this review.*

As with most of my reviews for sequels, this will be a mini review where I just share some of my notes.

  • I bought my copy at Barnes & Noble and there was a poster in the back. I found that pretty strange. But wouldn’t it be cool if the world switched from celebrity posters to literary ones?!
  • Thanks to Recaptains, I feel not so lost!
  • You’d think, with all these attacks, they’d have better security at the palace.
  • Wait, now I feel kind of lost. 
  • Now Maxon is being a condescending jerk. Great. Team No One?
  • Some extreme ridiculousness going on. But I guess that’s to be expected in these books.
  • Seriously, just a couple of clarifying phrases here and there would help us remember what you’re referring to.
  • Cass gets 50,000 of my Bonus Points for secret passageways.
  • Such a weird random subplot here with this girl, Paige, whom America meets in the street. Her whole story line seems way over the top.
  • Oh no you didn’t! (Aspen just told America to calm down. WHO THE EFF DOES HE THINK HE IS?)
  • Queen Amberly is one of my favorite characters (even though I really dislike her name). 
  • These arguments that Maxon and America have are pretty ridiculous.
  • I like how Cass highlights the problems with poverty: how cyclical it is, how the higher castes see the poor as bringing it upon themselves, and showing how upward mobility isn’t easy at all for the lower castes.
  • Overall, Aspen actually hasn’t been as annoying in this book as he has in the first two.
  • Some major shiz happens near the end!!!
My rating for The One by Kiera Cass:
3.5 stars. For all my issues with these books, I still really enjoy reading them. And I obviously get VERY passionate about them… I’ll definitely read the rest of the series!
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ HarperCollins
Disclaimer:  I purchased this book myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.


  1. pagesunbound

    October 15, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Reading this was hilarious, I think because I haven't read any of the books and have no clue what you're talking about, so it sounds really crazy and random. :D


    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      October 15, 2015 at 5:31 am

      Lol! I'm glad it was entertaining for you! ;)

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