The One

Kiera Cass

Rating: 4.5/5

The One-Kiera Cass

35 girls entered the palace, and now, three beautiful and powerful women remain. Each harnesses a special quality that makes them suitable to rule Illea, but the quality that counts most is the ability to make the prince, Maxon, fall in love with them. Kriss, the natural born 3 was a favourite from the day the public recognized her. The natural born 2, Celeste, came to the palace with one goal in mind. American Singer came to the palace with nothing to offer but love, and now her feelings for Maxon are put to the test as the competition is drawing to a close.


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Social/Historical context:

“The One”, is written in the future. Characters in the novel constantly talk about previous events that hint at what the time frame is in the story. It is very easy for readers to get a sense of the historical context in, ”The One.” As for the social context, the future in Kiera Cass’s, “The One”, is far for what many would expect it to be. Society is extremely oppressive, and the less powerful rely on an absolute monarchy to lead them. The royal family is not focussed on the well-being of the citizens of Illea, rather, themselves. After reading this book, my dreams of flying cars and cool gadgets in the future have been put to rest.


Writing Style:

In, “The One”, Kiera Cass writes in a utopia writing style, where many events that happen in the story would never happen in real life. It is difficult for readers to truly understand and connect with occurrences in the novel. Despite this, the particular style allows the audience to visualize and use their imaginations more, for it is not as realistic.


My Thoughts:

Over the past weeks, I have had the privilege of reading the entire, “Selection,” series. At first when my friend handed the book to me, I was very hesitant. I was never the type of girl to read a book about princesses, princes, or castles. I thought to myself, I’m not really in the mood to read a stereotypical princess book, but I guess I’ll try it. I am so glad that I made that choice, because now when I friend asks if I know I good book, I can recommend this series in a heartbeat. When I got into the first couple of chapters, I realized that this series and this book especially, were so much more than what I had expected. “The One,” has something for every type of reader. Kiera Cass beautifully incorporates romance, action, suspense, and tragedy. Although I wouldn’t recommend, “The One,” for anyone under the age of 13, it is perfectly suitable for anyone over the age of 13. The reason why I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone younger is because there is a lot of romance and deals with quite a bit of violence. Despite that, I would give,”The One,” a 5 star rating.


Book reviewed by Anna Cumming

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