The One by Kiera Cass

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Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: 
May 2014, HarperTeen
Genre: Young adult dystopia
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary:

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

My Review:

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I bought this book along with the second novel, The Elite. As soon as I finished the second book of this main trilogy, I immediately picked up The One and quickly finished it in a day.

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America and Maxon still had a rocky relationship in this novel. It was beginning to get annoying again and then the truth came out about Aspen and America having a previous relationship before Maxon came into the picture. That gave some conflict between Maxon and America and it was awesome. Not that I liked seeing them fight, but it’s part of who we are.

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The major plot of this one was for Maxon to finally choose a wife. And honestly, I thought America was actually going to lose for a while. Which was cool because I didn’t realize how much I rooted for her until I thought she wasn’t going to win. Also, I think it would be kind of cool if the protagonist didn’t get the guy in the end. However, with these kinds of novels, we all know how everything ends.

The final battle scene brought everything home. People died who I didn’t expect to get killed off and honestly, it hurt when they got killed. Due to spoilers, I don’t want to say too much on this matter, but it was nicely done.

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Kiera Cass, as I’ve said in my previous reviews, has such a way with words. The characters could have been stronger, but the ending was perfect for the series as was the final battle scene. Everything was so intense in the last few pages and I was on the edge of my seat for the majority of the book. I would read Cass’s work for the rest of the my life.

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While this book still wasn’t as good as the first one, The Selection, I still absolutely enjoyed the book as a whole. Everything was wrapped up neatly with a nice bow on top. The ending was perfect and each and every character throughout the trilogy had some sort of ending, which was nice to see.

The One by Kiera Cass gets…
5-stars5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“The best people all have some kind of scar.” –Kiera Cass, The One

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The Elite by Kiera Cass

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Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Published:
HarperTeen, April 2013
Genre: Young adult dystopia
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary:

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.

Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

My Review:

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I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book as soon as I finished the first one, The Selection. I went out right away and bought this one and the third book.

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The characters disappointed me in this book, I have to admit. As much as I love Maxon, America, and Aspen, they all seemed to get on my nerves, America especially. America flip-flopped between Aspen, her first love, and Maxon, her current love. While I understand those feelings, they recurred throughout most of the novel and it got really old really fast. She egged both Aspen and Maxon on secretively, which wasn’t fair to either one of them. Aspen didn’t care about America’s situation and only cared about getting her back for himself which seemed selfish to me. Poor Maxon just has no idea what was going on behind his back the entire time. He only knew something was up because America was always moody towards him.

That’s another thing: America was a jerk to Maxon for most of the novel. She got jealous every time he hung out with the other girls from the selection as though he was cheating on her. However, she never told him she loved him and Maxon needs to do what’s best for him and what he feels is right. He wanted America, but she kept pushing him away. When she got jealous, she went crawling back to Aspen and would end up fighting with Maxon.

It was a vicious love triangle, one I didn’t care to follow.

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Maxon has narrowed 35 girls down to six. He has to keep eliminating them until he gets down to one, the one he wants to marry and become queen. Except, as I mentioned before, most of the book surrounded itself around the love triangle between Maxon, Aspen, and America. That, to me, seemed to be the main plot and it didn’t do anything for me. I’m all for love triangles, but I felt as though this was carried on for far too long.

 

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Kiera Cass has a wonderful writing style. The novel is told in first person through America. She really brings out America’s personality and you see the world through her eyes. The world Cass created is awesome and while I would never want to live there, it certainly is an interesting place to imagine. With that said, Cass has made such an interesting tale through a fictional world and beautiful writing.

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Between some of the characters and the writing, this was definitely a good book. I thought the first one was much better, but this book didn’t stop me from reading it in one sitting and then picking up the third book right away.

The Elite by Kiera Cass gets…
4-stars4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.” –Kiera Cass, The Elite

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The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris

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Title: The Last Orphans (#1)
Author: N.W. Harris
Genre: Young adult dystopia
How I got the book: I downloaded it onto my Kindle

Summary (from Goodreads):

One horrifying day will change the life of sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker and every other kid in the world.

In a span of mere hours, the entire adult population is decimated, leaving their children behind to fend for themselves and deal with the horrific aftermath of the freak occurrence. As one of the newly made elders in his small town, Shane finds himself taking on the role of caretaker for a large group of juvenile survivors. One who just happens to be Kelly Douglas—an out-of-his-league classmate—who, on any other day, would have never given Shane a second glance.

Together, they begin their quest to find out why all of the adults were slaughtered. What they find is even more horrifying than anything they could have expected—the annihilation of the adults was only the beginning. Shane and his friends are not the unlucky survivors left to inherit this new, messed-up planet. No, they are its next victims. There is an unknown power out there, and it won’t stop until every person in the world is dead.

My Review:

I bought this book on a whim all thanks to BookBub again. I don’t typically read this kind of genre, but it definitely sounded interesting so I gave it a shot.

Shane is coming home from his grandmother’s funeral when he gets into a fight with his drunken father and walks out. He goes to his grandmother’s house where he meets up with his aunt. She’s suddenly attacked by bees and dies.

It is seriously the most random thing ever.

As Shane tries to get help for his aunt, he runs into his crush from school and together they realize that all the adults are being attacked and killed by all the animals.

In an attempt to figure out what’s going on, Shane and a group of friends from school take on the task of saving the world while keeping the younger children safe who can’t protect themselves.

The journey itself was good, but what I loved most was the dynamic between all the characters. Shane made a great protagonist and he had a nice relationship that grew over time with Kelly, his crush. The other members in their group each had their own unique personality that contributed to their mission in some way or another.

The book was pretty morbid and could be gory at times, which I wasn’t really expecting, but it made their problem more of a reality.

The book moved along at a nice pace, but I thought the ending was a bit rushed. As the weapon started targeting the younger generation once the adults were all killed, I felt as though it was got rushed for the sake of the main characters not killing each other.

This is book one in a trilogy, but I don’t know how much farther this story can go. I do plan on reading the rest of the series, but it most likely won’t be right away.

The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris gets 4 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“He knew she had to be as torn up as he was, but she managed to put aside grief and be a caring nurse, offering her empathetic smiles as medicine.” –N.W. Harris, The Last Orphans

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