YAY, the last Selection post until I move on to The Heir and The Crown, which means not-the-last Selection post! So, The One by Kiera Cass. I have so much to talk about, down to the smallest detail so let’s go.
The book starts off with another rebel attack, with the same two people that America saw in the previous rebel attack (The Elite). They want to talk with Maxon and America alone. August Illea and Georgia Whitaker. Note the name Illea. They want the same thing that America wanted, to remove the caste system. The only thing that they want from Maxon is for him to marry America. BAD THING TO SAY. Maxon denies their request with anger radiating off of him the entire time. Soon after this, America finally realizes that she loves Maxon. FINALLY. This is when she sees Celeste, crying and miserable. Celeste becomes the BEST PERSON EVER, apologizing for her she acted before, and becoming the best friend and moral support to all of the other girls. They have the best times ever and it is this moment that made me want to have a friend like Celeste that I would protect no matter what, and she would protect me right back. The only difference here is that America failed the protection process… After this nice moment, America decides that she will help August and Georgia with the help of Nicoletta, the Italian princess, one of America’s friends that she invites as her guest to the castle. Even after all this proof that she can make good choices sometimes, King Clarkson can still find ways to made America seem like a rule breaker. A.K.A: the jailing of the criminals who committed NOTHING BUT A PETTY CRIME BUT STILL GET A LIFE SENTENCE. Come on Clarkson, I know you want to make America’s life a living hell but try to keep other people out of it! America finds a way out of the situation by giving the poor man her jewels to pay his life debt to the King. King frowns loudly, but finally realizes that America could be an advantage for keeping peace with Illea and Italy (only thinks about profit this guy). Oh, have I told you all the horrible timing that Kiera has? Right when Maxon was about to profess his love to America, she gets a message that her father has died AND that he was a northern rebel. Double smack in the face right there. The only good news was that the Selection has been narrowed down to America and Kriss. We all obviously knew America was going to win, and we were waiting for the moment when Maxon asks her to be his wife. YAY, IT HAPPENS! BUT THEN, yeah, something has to ruin it, ASPEN GETS JEALOUS (SHE DOES NOT LOVE YOU), PRESSURES POOR AMERICA and Maxon finds them together. Goodbye marriage. So, Maxon proposes to Kriss instead, and if you listen closely, you can hear the sound of a million hearts breaking all at once. During the wedding, which America attends, the Southern rebels attack, America finds out that Kriss was a rebel too, and Maxon, our amazing Maxon, takes a bullet for America CAUSE HE LOVES HER NOT KRISS! “Break my heart. Break it a thousand time. It was only ever yours to break in the first place.” -Maxon. This was the second part that I cried at the most. The first was when I realized that Queen Amberly died. There was one sentence, ONE, that told us that she had died. But reading that sentence, I broke down crying and there was no one who could help me. I cried and cried and cried for so long I was not sure that I would be able to cry ever again, but I could. I loved Amberly, she was the character that saw the beauty in everything, who loved each of the girls with all of her heart, and called them her own set of daughters. She was perfect. And she died. That gave me enough grief to last me a lifetime, and I could not focus on the fact that Maxon had asked America to marry him again, that America said yes, that they were making the world a better place, or that America was pregnant. Long story short, this book will leave you emotionally unstable and you should only recommend it to your worst enemies or your closest friends.