So, in the last book The Elite, America decided she was going to be leaving the palace so she wanted to go out with a bang, Maxon now too impatient and is looking at Kriss more than her. Funny thing is, Maxon is using Kriss like a safety net the same way America has been using Aspen as one but Maxon doesn't know that yet but he'll have to someday. Then she announces to the world she wants to get rid of the ratings that wall the people apart, and now the King is going to be doing all in his power to kick her out. Funny thing is, the reason he has to do that is after, Maxon tells America she was the only choice he picked himself and that the king chose everything else, and I seriously didn't see it coming. It was romantic, heart wrenching, and Maxon says he'll gladly end The Selection if America says "Yes" which she can't due to Aspen. Now that there are only four girls left and uprisings outside the Palace are spreading due to people who want The Selection to end, how big will the final bang be?
You know, looking back, I think the reason I enjoyed this book as much as I did was how I thought this wasn't the end, and the fact that during that time, the book was getting a lot for the series finished up nonetheless (looking back, I guess it was supposed to, but after reading Ignite Me...eh...) and by the end it did feel like a proper enough conclusion to the "trilogy". The boo starts off with a small rebel attack that is so light that nobody is even sent to the chambers under the palace, and now it is too dangerous, with all the uprisings, to even be in the garden or on the rooftop. When Maxon and America are having a fun moment in the rain, the King afterward pulls them back in and shames them. So basically, The American State of China is now in a state where nobody is safe from the Southerners, and the remaining girls are given three meals a day and hot water for baths and they are eating and bathing around a mudslide. Thankfully, the book isn't really about America and Maxon's relationship as much anymore. Don't get me wrong, there is still plenty of Keira Cass's charming love triangle in there, but now it's put to the side a bit. I enjoyed the process the characters go under to plan some psyche outs, secrets, and reverse psychology. Basically, The One is the one of the trilogy; I enjoyed this a tad bit more than the other two, because since I didn't know this was going to be the end, and even if it wasn't now that I think about it, I didn't really see anything coming.
One of the surprises was development of a character that up until this point I think everyone hates. Hates to the point that we don't see her as human. Now we do, and the transition of it all can be seen through the writing elegantly. And what would normally bore me in a book of this type I was flying through the pages. And after the last two books, we know about the differences between the King and Maxon enough to know that the King would never approve of America and Maxon ever being together nor the removal of the castes as America proposed so one of them is going to have their heart broken. We're not sure who or how but if you picked up The Elite after finishing the first book, there's no going back for you. So why a small 3/4 recommendation? I still think it's a stronger 3/4 than the other two 3/4s I gave the other books, but each book has had a fact in its ending that has bothered me. At the end, the characters say a few things I don't think are really called for and I wish there was more action with America at the helm; it almost seemed like there was supposed to be a fight of some sort against a Southern rebel that we namelessly meet a quarter into the book but Cass changed her mind about it. There was still more action in this book than the other instalments, which isn't the prime element in these stories (obviously) but there are other ways to entertain audiences.
In short, I was close to giving this 3 and a half stars, because The One is just fine as a conclusion to what I feel is a respectable series (The Heir on the other hand, I'm not quite sure about yet). I know I'm not supposed to reveal stuff in the very conclusion, but there's a man that hugs America, and while I didn't end up having the same emotion in the end, I still think Keira Cass deserves a pat on the shoulder from me for introducing me to a trilogy I read in a week's time.