With a rather sudden change of heart, America decided who she loves at the end(ish) of the previous installment. It was a bit surprising, but at least she knew and that might put an end to the conflicts. Yes? Well, apparently no. America and Maxon continued quarreling, however, somewhat less and that was enough to gift us with a few 'awwwwww' moments. Yet it wasn't like in the first book and not just because their relationship status wasn't the same. I mean, why couldn't they just get along at least most of the time, like in The Selection? And honestly, sometimes I didn't get Maxon's demeanor, especially with girls...
However, at least there was moving forward now. There was plot and there was development. New facts got revealed and the rebel attacks lead somewhere now, though I felt that there could have been a lot more to it.
I liked the girls much more in The One than in the second book. They had changed a lot and became real friends, for the most part at least. They surprised me at some points, but I liked how it all turned out.
I was also happy with how America and Aspen's relationship turned out to be. It was refreshing and definitely a positive change.
But what I didn't like and was disappointed and unsatisfied with was the end. I seemed abrupt and not enough, unsolved. I would have wanted to see more aftermaths of the rather big event that occurred just before the end, because what happened can't be put away with some tears and counting up. It did not leave the reader with the satisfaction of a decent closure. All in all, it was way. Too. Abrupt. I can't emphasize it enough.
Wrapping up, I don't think it was bad, but despite the fact that there was a whole year hiatus between the release of The Elite and The One, it seemed rashed and not worked out properly. Long story short, it could have been a lot better and that's very annoyingshow more
by Julia Schlotter