Summary: 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. [Goodreads]
*SPOILERS FOR THE SELECTION, THE ELITE AND THE ONE*
I did not know that there was another Selection book, but I was so happy to discover this book when I did, considering the next installation is being released in May (already on my calendar). I’ve loved these books and the characters in them since the seventh grade (I’m a tenth grader now), so it’s been a long road, and it’s not over yet. Kiera Cass is such an amazing reader and she always manages to keep you reading, no matter what.
One of the many interesting aspects of the books is the plot. In The Heir, it’s been 20 years since the events of the previous book (The One), and America and Maxon’s firstborn, Eadlyn, is preparing to become queen one day. Normally, the firstborn son is supposed to take charge, but of course, Maxon and America changed the laws. Another normal occurrence is the future king hosting a Selection, where 35 random girls are chosen to live in the palace for three months while the prince decides which one of them will be his future bride. However, since Eadlyn is a woman, she does not want a Selection, but because of recent rebellious acts throughout the country, her parents suggest a Selection of a new kind to provide a distraction for the people. So, not only is the story trying to focus on Eadlyn attempting to find a husband (that she doesn’t really want in the first place) and the natural drama of the palace, but she also has to worry about the possibility of an uprising. This girl has got her work cut out for her. The story had me flipping through the pages as fast as possible (without ripping them, obviously), because I had to know what happened next. And, of course, it ends on a slight cliffhanger with a love triangle/square/etc in the works. It’s only been a few hours since I finished the book and I’m already freaking out wanting to read the next one.
Moving on from the intense plot, the thing that keeps me coming back to this series is the characters. In the original trilogy, Maxon, America, Marlee, May, Lucy, Aspen and Celeste were so lifelike and captivating that they made the story that more amazing for me. Pardon me while I gush about the new characters in Eadlyn’s generation: OHMYGOSH I love basically all of them (minus the really mean ones)! Where do I even start? Maybe with the Selected: the majority of the boys are not mentioned frequently, but the ones who are (Kile, Henri and his translator Erik, Hale, Ean) are cute and memorable. Disclaimer: I am part team Kile and part Erik, I think I need to read more of the story before I make a final decision. Unlike in the original trilogy, I don’t have an otp after five chapters. Getting back on track, the Selected guys remaining at the end of the book are great, and although I can pretty much predict who will be among the Elite, it is interesting to know that someone could come or go from the ‘inner circle’ in a second. Moving on to the next and last group of characters: Eadlyn’s family (!!). Her parents: obviously, Maxon and America, still happily married after 20 years with four children: twins Eadlyn and Ahren (E seven minutes older than A), Kaden, and Osten. Their family dynamic is so great, they can get work done but also be super silly and lovable when the time is right. There’s America’s younger sister, May, who Eadlyn adores, and the people who mean the world to Eadlyn but aren’t actually family: Marlee, Aspen, Carter, Lucy and others who are always there supporting each member of the royal family through all the problems they are dealing with (and trust me, there are a lot). The characters of the story are so amazing and lovable and realistic, it’s so hard to not want them to be real (struggles of reading too much).
Finally, I seriously loved everything about this book. Readers will come for the story of Maxon and America, but they’ll stay for the new generation and what the future has in store for them. One of the biggest reasons I stayed was Eadlyn. She’s rough on the outside, and kind of rough on the inside, too. But she knows how powerful she is, she knows what she wants, and she is ready to do anything for those she loves and for her country. (Also, she’s a lowkey feminist and I totally approve of that). Would recommend to anyone, but you have to read the first three in order to truly appreciate the goddess that is Kiera Cass.
Rating: 5 stars
Favorite quote: “I’m not sure anyone knows what they’re looking for until they find it.” (NOTE: this quote was so hard to chose, this book is so lovely and has so many amazing passages that everyone should read. <3)