Review: "The One" by Kiera Cass

I can honestly say, this is the fastes I have flown through a book that is part of a series. The next book on my winter to spring reading list, The One by Kiera Cass concludes what, at first, was a trilogy and paves the way for Cass' continuation of her Selection series, Heir. You can guess I will be reading Heir next season on my summer reading list, but not before because I prefer to buy a paper back copy of the book. As always, I will attempt to keep my reviews as spoiler-free as possible but because this is a sequel to another book (or in this case two), you have been warned.

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.

America's story as a participant in The Selection continues, but the competition prooves much more riveting as a conspiracy begins to unfold in the background. The pressure is on for America to finally choose between her past with Aspen and her possible future with Maxon, and the weight that comes with her decision. Cass concludes this part of her series with America reaching the end of a heart wrenching journey into womanhood. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this book was watching America take those difficult steps into realizing what it means to follow what you believe in, despite the terrible consequences honesty may bring. America's story ends in a very real way that leaves the readers humbled and cheering for a genuine heroine who keeps true to herself while winning the day. The series so far is lovely and full of hope and courage, a great read for readers of all kinds.

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