My rating: 1 of 5 stars
“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
After this, I can certainly put up 'sadomasochist' on my résumé. Hopefully, I might be able to get a job in a book critic company if I didn't find anything. Seriously, I must be out of my mind to read The One when I know it's going to be just as bad as the previous two; my reviews on The Selection and The Elite, and when The Elite got about 7 votes, my jaw literally dropped. Let me see how many people I can convince to not commit the same mistake as me: reading this book filled with trash.
“The best people all have some kind of scar.”
Remember when America (would someone please change this name!?) threw a fit when her mother told her to enter the Selection in the first book. Well, America has finally evolved. Now she wants Maxon. The Selection has been narrowed down to 4 people: America, Kriss, Celeste and Elise, so now I'm glad the poor prince no longer needs to date 35 girls. If it were the real world, Maxon would have been dumped even before he could say 'Wait!' The rebels outside are attacking the common people. And then the other girls get mad at America because she accidentally blurted out that she had seen Maxon without a shirt. After that America and Maxon meets a couple of Northern Rebels who promise to keep them safe if they acceded to their request. Basically nothing compelling took place in this book. All you have to do is bear some cheesy romance with irrational ideas.
And if anyone asks me:
I'd be more like:
Throw all the copies of this series into the fire! Every last one of them!
“You are not the world, but you are everything that makes the world good.”
The characters are still the same ol' prosaic characters. How do people even bare with them? America is still the same indecisive, immaculate Mary Sue, and Maxon is no better than the stupid, blind and irrational Maxon in the previous books. Aspen is still a stagnant character - insignificant until America fights with Maxon. The King and Queen don't earn my liking; the rest of the Selected: they are barely making any attempt to please me. How is a book supposed to be interesting if all it's characters are this stagnant!? Make some character improvement! America was not on the top of people's favourite until she told the people to fight the rebels. Believe me: that speech was barely worth! Don't waste your time with this mundane speech; try Emma's Watson's speech at the UN instead. And she acts like she is the bravest of everyone, better than Maxon in protecting the country even though it was Maxon who was taught about that since the minute he crawled out of his mother's womb.
“I'll love you until my very last breath. Every beat of my heart is yours. I don't want to die without you knowing that.”
The romance was so darn annoying that I thought I'd throw up the pancakes I had for breakfast. Can I be the first one to say ew? (view spoiler)[Also, America's father's death wasn't serving a very significant purpose. It was just to reveal the fact that he was amongst the Northern Rebels. It was highly implausible for him to just die that way. There are many others plausible ways in which you can have that fact revealed. Then, when Maxon came to know about the relationship between America and Aspen, he was furious. Yet he wrote such mushy, sickening letters, finally ending all of them with the same sentence over and over again: "This is so embarrassing! I'm going to burn these letters!" Even then, he flung himself to protect America, which I don't think is wrong. What I think is wrong is that in spite of his broken heart, that idiot actually chose America as the winner! What sort of man is he to marry a woman who is not oblivious to the fact that she was cheating on him? Besides, wasn't she breaking the rules. Marlee is humiliated in public, and America gets the crown. Cass, did it occur to you that both of them did the same thing, yet one gets Heaven and the other, Hell?! What is with the judgments in Illea? This has opened a door to the blatant matter that there is nothing called legitimacy in Illea. (hide spoiler)]
“It doesn't really matter how you feel about your character; it just matters what you do with it.”
Oh, I forgot to mention about the dialogues. The dialogues are so immature! My head spun after I finished this book. Here are a handful of quotes:
“I was nearly attacked. All because I missed your smell.”If you want me to see my comments on each and every one of those quotes, I'll put them on my blog in a few days. They won't be in huge paragraphs, but it will certainly show my chagrin towards the most jejune dialogues in the books I read in 2016.
“He sighed contentedly. “How are you feeling, my dear?”
“I feel like punching you for calling me ‘my dear’ mostly.” I poked his bare stomach.
Smiling, he crawled to sit over me. “Fine then. My darling? My pet? My love?”
“Any of those would work, so long as you’ve reserved it solely for me,” I said, my hands mindlessly wandering his chest, his arms. “What am I supposed to call you?”
“Your Royal Husbandness. It’s required by law, I’m afraid.”
“Your eyes look like chocolate,” I mumbled.
He smiled. “And yours look like the morning sky.” (Why is everyone so fond of personifying this way!?)
“I loved him.
I couldn't pinpoint what made me so certain, but I knew it then, as surely as I knew my name or the color of the sky or any fact written in a book.
Could he feel it, too?
Maxon broke the kiss and looked at me. "You're so pretty when you are a mess."
I laughed nervously. "Thank you. For that and for the rain and for not giving up."
He ran his fingers along my cheek and nose and chin. "You're worth it. I don't think that you get that. You're worth it to me.”
“You can't have a relationship in a bubble. It won't survive.”
“Maxon, some of those marks are on your back so they wouldn’t be on mine, and I love you for them.”
“Bravery hides in amazing places.”
I have the next book on my phone, and well, since I'm terribly bored, and have to catch up with my reading challenge, so I guess I'll finish this series off anyway. I'm not that sadistic to recommend The One to anyone, my final words are don't read this book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
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