Fans who have been eagerly awaiting the last installment in the Selection series will be happy with this satisfying ending. America, Maxon and even Aspen are back. The One delves more into Maxon and America’s maturing relationship — undoubtedly the best scenes — giving readers a clearer picture as to America’s feelings toward each suitor. A pleasurable and steady pace is marred by a rushed ended that needs better plotting. A compelling story with an utterly sweet and poignant romantic storyline.
One of the remaining four girls in the Selection awaiting Maxon’s decision on who will be the next Queen, America Singer has finally realized which of her suitors she loves. Will it be Maxon, the future king, or Aspen, her old boyfriend from back home? As the castle is under constant threat from rebel attacks, and undermining political games are being played out, America keeps her wits about her. Yet the current king, Maxon’s father, dislikes her interfering presence and wants her gone from the Selection. Who will America choose — or will the choice be taken from her? (HARPERTEEN, May, 325 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780062059994, HC, 12 & Up)