Imagine being whisked away to a beautiful castle with a charming prince to compete for. Wouldn’t you just love it? Well for 16-year-old girl America Singer, this is not the case. In the book The Selection and The Elite by Kiera Cass, you find out how America Singer adjusts her daily life, as she is brought to the palace. In The One by Kiera Cass, America(the protagonist AND narrator of this story) faces challenges beyond extreme. She is faced with danger, the fear of falling in love and many more challenges. The setting takes place after the 4th world war. The book never actually states the year. What used to be the United States, reborn out of the ashes is now called Illéa(for clearer ways of seeing it illéa). The antagonist(s) of the story are the Rebels. There are two groups. Northern and Southern. The Northern group only wants to get a story. The Southern group, on the other hand, wants the monarchy to end, AND they are way more lethal than the Northern group. America faces challenges like running from the Southern Rebels. Trying not to get killed by them. She also faces love challenges. She had a secret boyfriend back in Carolina. Now she’s in Angeles and her heart is somewhere else. The boy who broke up with her(Aspen) still loves her and wants her. America wants Maxon(the prince). America’s big “memory moment” is when she and Aspen(well they actually share the moment). America had just gotten shot in the arm. She is going to be okay, but they have to clean it up fast without anyone knowing. So, Aspen takes Maxon(he was trying to protect America), America, and one other guard who was in the situation, down to his room, since he knows no one will think to find them here. They start cleaning her wound and Aspen sees the note America left for her when they were still together. Maxon sees it too. Of course, Aspen can’t tell Maxon that the note was from America because America was competing for Maxons’ heart. Maxon looks at the note and saddens. He says he wishes that he had a person who loved him like that. Aspen nods and says “she was great. I loved and still love her to this day”. Right then and there America and Aspen both remember what it was like to have their relationship. America remembers the time where they used to hide out past curfew in a treehouse. Still, America’s heart belonged to Maxon...I would recommend this book to people in 7th grade and up. You would want to read the first two books first. (in order) The Selection and The Elite. The One is the last book of the trilogy. Though Kiera Cass has many other books like this and even has one where America’s daughter has a selection of her own.