By: Kiera Cass
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.
But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.
Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
As a whole, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. But when I think back to it, there are some minor things that kept me from giving this book five stars. I enjoyed the new outlook that this book brought to the reader’s eyes. In the original first three selection books, America was our protagonist and we got to see the selection from a competitor’s eyes. Yet, in The Heir, we got to experience the same event, but 20 years later, through the vision of her daughter’s eyes, who is hosting her own selection. And since Eadlyn is a young woman, her competitors are young men. This shows an entirely new look on things, and it is a very intriguing premise that is handled well.
The world of The Selection is based in a future country called Illea (North America). Since the world was already developed during the first three books in the series, I won’t have much to say on the topic. However, since this book takes place 20 years in the future and ((spoiler)) the castes have been demolished from society, the world that readers knew from the other books is altered. I love that Maxon and America were able to remove the castes, but I don’t like how the only way to keep the rebellions was to hold a selection–as a distraction from everything else.
I will write this based off of the character development of Eadlyn only. When the book started and I was only 2 or 3 pages in, I already disliked Eadlyn. She was bratty, self-centered, and an overall irritating character. But as the book progressed and Eadlyn warmed up to the selected more and more, I began to realize how much of a complex character she actually was. And I can’t exclude her twin brother, Ahren, who I absolutely loved from the beginning. He kept her going through the toughest times in the book. Whenever she was uncertain about something he helped her figure it out and he never told her she couldn’t do anything even when he was frustrated with her, he always told her to keep on going (Much like his father during the other books).
Though I didn’t like the idea of having the selection to try to distract the country from all of their problems such as poverty and riots, I don’t see how else Kiera Cass could’ve brought this new selection to us with Eadlyn being so stubborn about not wanting to marry until she’s completely ready and in love. I completely understand that and that is what I loved about Eadlyn, aside from her mother’s stubbornness that drove me to dislike their characters more and more every few chapters. But they grew on me.
So overall, I enjoyed this book. I think that Kiera Cass did a spectacular job with this book that was the absolute opposite of the rest of the series, and that is exactly what made it so enjoyable.
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