Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Date: May 2014
Two Sentence Synopsis: The Selection is down to the final five girls. America needs to decide who she really wants to be with and if it’s worth it to stay in the competition.
Review: Each book continues to strengthen the series as a whole. I really, really love reading about this futuristic setting and learning more about the political and social constructs of the world that Kiera Cass has created. Furthermore, from the relationships between each of the young women in the Selection to America’s interactions with her maids, it’s really refreshing to continue to see positive female relationships.
This novel isn’t even that long, but it still manages to contain so much action. It was so hard for me to put the book down. I love when stories captivate me like that. The narrative managed to keep up a quick pace without becoming too overwhelming, something quite difficult to do.
I can’t quite justify giving the book 5/5, as much as I loved it. The one criticism I do have of this series (and a lot of popular YA in general), is a lack of diversity in race and sexuality. Yes, we do see at least one (although I can only think of one in particular) non-white character, and, as far as we see through America’s perspective, all the characters are hetero.
Regardless of that, though, I will still forever recommend this series.