The One: The Selection, Book 3

Common Sense Media says

Thrilling, swoon-worthy romantic finale to popular series.





What parents need to know

Educational value

The One continues with the rebels from the South wanting to destroy the kingdom that Maxon and his family control, so politics, war, famine, poverty, wealth all come into play in the novel. America, Maxon, and other characters try to figure out solutions to problems and the best course of action. Readers will learn about tyranny and how not to be controlling, especially of people in positions of power. 

Positive messages

Strong messages about courage and bravery, love of family, friends, and the opposite sex, the importance of friendship, learning to listen to others and helping them in times of need, standing up for what you believe in, anti-bullying, and trusting others. Also, it's sometimes good to keep secrets, but harboring them can lead to hurting yourself and others. Apologize when you're wrong. The Selection series questions arranged marriages and suggests that people should find love on their own, not through a reality TV competition. The One digs deeper into how humiliating others and putting people down is wrong, hurtful, and embarrassing. 

Positive role models

America once again shines as a positive heroine in The One. She's a good person and a good friend, who shows loyalty not only to her family, her friends, her maids, and Maxon, but toward the people of Illea. America's smart and courageous and always puts others before herself, even in dangerous situations. Throughout the course of the series, she's grown to love Maxon, but often has a hard time expressing her feelings. Maxon has become a stronger role model. He wants peace in his country and has compassion for others. His feelings for America have also grown, even though he appears to be a playboy -- but isn't. Other side characters from America's maids to her family to people outside the palace are heroic. 



There's hand-to-hand combat, use of weapons such as gun. A character gets shot, two characters die. 


Kissing, caressing face and body, hugging, hand holding, and laying in bed together, but no sexual intercourse.


Some verbal humiliation and put-downs. "Hell" is the only strong language.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The One is the final novel in NYT Best-selling The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass, following The Selection and The Elite. It continues the story of America Singer in the competition to win Prince Maxon's hand in marriage. The novel has romantic scenes, including kissing and caressing. There's some violence (hand-to-hand combat, fighting with guns). A character gets shot, two characters die. There's also verbal humiliation and put-downs, but no swearing other than "hell." 

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What's the story?

The end of the Selection competition comes to a close in THE ONE. The novel continues to focus on the growing tension between King Clarkson and the Southern rebels who want to hurt the royal family. But all America and Maxon want is peace. Both of them even go out of their way to bridge alliances with the Northern rebels -- safe and unsafe moves that put them and others in jeopardy. In The One, America and Maxon's feelings grow stronger for each other. America also fights for her position in the competition and not being kicked out by King Clarkson, who doesn't like her strong personality, fighting spirit, and being from a lower caste. Throughout the novel, she must prove to the royal family, Maxon, and herself that she's indeed "the one" for Maxon.

Is it any good?


The One picks up where The Elite left off, and the story moves at a fast pace. We also meet new characters and some familiar faces from the previous novels. The One also ups the romance of America and Maxon, making this novel a lot more swoon-worthy. Even though readers might be sad to see these characters go, The One is a book they will thoroughly enjoy by rooting for America and Maxon to be together.

However, there are times that readers might want Maxon to grow a spine and stand up to his father, especially when he puts down America. But all Maxon has ever wanted is to choose the bride he loves and wants, as well as peace in Illea. Because of this, Maxon has grown to become a worthy partner for America and vice versa. As for Aspen, some readers might be disappointed that he's been relegated to a secondary role in this novel. But those who don't enjoy love triangles will be happy to see that one's ended, while Aspen remains loyally and dutifully by America's side. The One is a solid and exciting conclusion to the popular series.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reality dating shows. Do you think shows like The Bachelor or I Want to Marry Harry are good or not good for women to participate in? Do you think they're real or scripted?

  • Do you like the way the story in The One played out? Are you happy with the way The Selection series ended? Are you looking forward to more books by Kiera Cass?

  • Would you like to see The Selection series made into a feature film, like The Hunger Games and Divergent? How is it different from those? How is it similar? 

Book details

Author:Kiera Cass
Topics:Princesses and fairies, Arts and dance, Friendship, Great boy role models, Great girl role models, Holidays
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:May 6, 2014
Number of pages:336
Publisher's recommended age(s):13 - 17
Available on:Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle, Nook

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Teen, 13 years old Written byteenfangirl August 1, 2014

Maxon or Aspen

The final installment in the Selection trilogy is heartbreaking, beautiful, and exciting until the end. In the beginning of the book, the Selection is drawing to the end. There are only four girls left, and each of them really wants the crown and the Prince's affections for themselves. America Singer, the protagonist, knows she wants it too, she just doesn't know if she's ready to give up her first love and who she really wants to marry. The rebels are closing in, and this time they are aiming to kill more than ever. With all the added components of the last book, I am certain that The One is the best book out of the series and by far my favorite. 4/5 for really good
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byKazbycxdw July 2, 2014

Great Book

This book is very clean with the exception of the king occasionally swearing and references to the physical abuse of his son, a few characters dying, a few attack scenes in which characters get shot, and a few scenes in which characters getting close to (but not) having sex. These are minor things though compared to the overall story line about true love, tough choices, standing up for your beliefs, dealing with loss, and other important lessons. It's also a great finish to a great trilogy and is a very enjoyable read.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byEpicNerd May 20, 2014

Outstanding Finale!!

Wow, this book takes the cake! This is by FAR, the best in the trilogy! More political aspects are observed, the romance is the finest it can be, characters are developed, people die, and things happen! America has matured incredibly since The Selection and The Elite, and an excellent role model, as well as Aspen and Maxon. America specifically has finally decided exactly who she wants to be and is prepared to work hard for the future she wants. We also get to go outside of the castle walls more than once-something we haven't done since the beginning of book one!- which is very refreshing and really helps bring the story together. Characters evolve and decisions are made in ways I can guarantee you could never see coming. More is learned of the rebels, and we finally get to understand what exactly is going on. The romance is top notch, no more going back and forth between beaus, which makes every scene between America and the man she chooses utterly swoon-worthy. I would like to point out that CSM is incorrect on its review; five people die, not two. There are four sad deaths, one particularly upsetting, and one death that honestly will make you giddier than a seahorse (it made me happy anyway). As for violence, lots of people get shot, we watch a maid stitch up a character's wound, we hear of mass killing sprees, fist fights, and, as I said before, there are five deaths. Sexual content is higher than the other books due to one scene in which America and *MINOR SPOILER: PROCEED WITH CAUTION* her now fiance kiss passionately in her bed and proceed to undress some (he in his underwear and she in the thing she wears under her dress) and end up sleeping together (though no sex is implied). *MINOR SPOILER IS OVER: YOU'RE ALL GOOD* Aside from that, there are some minor innuendos. Overall, The One was a FANTASTIC finale that made me feel more emotion than any other book in the trilogy; I laughed, cheered, shouted in victory, awed, and cried.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex


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