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2023 Book Review: The One

by Kiera Cass

YA Fantasy, 2014 by HarperTeen, 325 Pages

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Picks up right where the other left off with very little reminder. Read them in order and close together if you need that reminder. 
  • A lot of this could be solved if two people just told each other the truth. I found myself so annoyed with them both this time around.
  • I wanted more from the epilogue to be focused on politics and the rebellion. After all, that was what made this series unique. As it sits it feels like this one didn’t wrap up any of that. It’s all wishful thinking, which we already know doesn’t work.

What I Did Like:

  • I still love the focus on a rebellion, what’s wrong with this dystopian government, and how it could be fixed. That’s all wonderful! 
  • All the characters you want to know about from the previous books are at least mentioned in this finale. It’s nice to check in with all of them and get at least a little sprinkling of closure.
  • The ending works. It’s not really a surprise. If you’ve read the series there’s really no other way it could end. But it works and doesn’t feel overly cheesy. By the way, I’m aware there are more books “in this series” but with the MC change I’m happy to call this one done on that ending. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Hopeless romantics who like first love happily-ever-after series finales.
  • Obviously, fans of the series.

My Rating: 3 Stars

  • I wanted a bit more of a wrap-up for the politics and the rebellion than I got, but overall it did what it set out to do.

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