Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story…but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.1
Just when we thought the world of The Selection was no more, Kiera Cass has us scrambling back for more.
The Heir is told from the perspective of Eadlyn, America and Maxon’s daughter. Having been born seven minutes sooner than her twin brother , Ahren, Eadlyn has known her whole life that she will be Queen. Ever dutiful she works beside her father to learn how to one day run the country. During Maxon’s reign he has abolished the once hated caste system, but without the structure the people have only ever known, there is unrest. Ghostly outlines still surround the old days of the caste system, causing segregation and even violence. Eadlyn has been preparing her whole life to be Queen and never imagined someone beside her. When her mother and father suggest holding her own Selection to distract and boost the morale of the people, she is completely horrified. Bargaining with her father, she has no intention of finding herself a husband and instead plots to chase each one away. Along the way, she finds the truth of how people see her and the very real possibility that her future could be standing in front of her.
The Heir was completely unexpected to me. I knew it was out but did not take the time to read the summary, let alone the cover of the book. Because of this I had assumed the story would continue with America as the narrator and did not know a new Selection was right around the corner. My love for the series began instantly with The Selection. For those who know me I absolutely love make overs and before and after pictures. Here before me was a mass make over of 35 girls, pretty dresses and a prince. My inner teen girl was screaming. Mixed with memorable and loveable characters the story was captivating and skyrocketed.
The same loveable characters are back, 20 years later, with children of their own. We have a completely new Selection featuring one girl and 35 boys, could it really get any better? It’s every girls, and some boys, dream to have their princess story, but to top it off with 35 handsome boys all vying for your hand? Swoon worthy. Despite the obvious similarities to the TV shows the Bachelor and the Bachelorette, you would probably be shocked that I never watch them.
Although I can understand where Eadlyn is coming from in the beginning, I still wanted to shake her and make her wake up to what she has in front of her. I think as the dynamics in the book change and her world becomes more uncertain, her barriers begin to crack and that’s when the story really starts to pick up. In The Selection, Kiera Cass made a love triangle between America, Aspen and Maxon. Here we had two guys and we each had our team of whose side we were on. In The Heir, she is sneaky as she makes a handful of rather interesting what-ifs for us to mull over.
Zipping right through this book I couldn’t put it down, secretly hoping I would get all my answers by the time I swiped to my last page. Boy was I in for a rude awakening. Teetering on the edge of the cliff, we are left to wait anxiously until the release of the next book. There is a silver lining, or double edged sword, as the story is expected to wrap up with the next book instead of making it another trilogy. To tease us even more, the rights to the film have been bought by Warner Bros. We have been burnt by this before so I am hesitant, but I will be fan girling hard if it green lights.
There were a few unsteady steps walking into this one, but once the momentum started it was impossible to stop. Eadlyn’s character is a little more rigid than I would have liked, but things are coming along nicely and I can’t wait to see how things turn out. The Selection series is a must read, as well as the novellas throughout. Coming October 6, 2015, Happily Ever After will include four novellas, and never before seen bonus content. Can’t wait.
1. Book summary courtesy of Kiera Cass’ webpage