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Selection Series Sequel | Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

This is definitely a kissing book – get excited for The Heir.

Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

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Title & Author: The Heir (The Selection) by Kiera Cass

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Dystopia

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Series: The Selection #4

Publisher: HarperTeen

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher

Description:

“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.”

All Grown Up

I’ve followed the Selection series since the beginning. I sort of knew The Heir would be a continuation of this story but not in what capacity.

If The Selection is The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor, The Heir is …meets The Bachelorette. It’s funny because the format of “the selection” is familiar, but the whole set up in the book is SO different this time around.

Princess Eadlyn is forced into running her own selection process and MAN is she stubborn and strong-willed. With her as a heroine, you can just tell how much the tone and perception of the book has changed. Not to mention that since King Maxon has ended the caste system, there is unrest and unhappiness among his subjects.

I was hooked from the beginning. I tell you – The Bachelor is an ineffective relationship format but a winning way to interest drama-loving viewers AND readers.

The thing about The Selection books is that they’re kind of like the reality TV show I’ve been alluding to. They’re interesting because you honestly aren’t sure how they’re going to end up. And you feel invested because you have “favorites” and people you’re rooting for.

Speaking of favorites….I love Eadlyn’s options. There are several guys I felt a connection with, and I love the mystery and suspense of not knowing who she’ll choose.

I think in The Heir, Cass is trying to build more substance (the unsettled kingdom, Eadlyn’s eventual rule), and I think she’s done a great job. I never felt like the backstory was ever that present or meaningful in the other Selection books, so this was a nice surprise.

Also, this is not the last book in the series. There will be at least one more sequel. I went into The Heir thinking it would be the last book. Nope! You’ve been warning.

OVERALL:

Fun, romantic and with better world-building, this book has maintained and improved upon the Selection series books. The Heir offers new characters in a similar-yet-somehow-refreshed situation has kickstarted a whole new adventure, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Stephanie

    I liked the idea of The Selection but I felt the execution was extremely lacking, and I never finished it. This has me vaguely interested, because…what can I say, I was one of those people who watched the very first seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette (Trista and Ryan FTW! Pretty much the only Bachelor(ette) couple I think has actually stayed together this entire time). From what you’re saying this is better than the first series, so…maybe when the next one comes out, I’ll dip my toes back in.

    • Dominic

      Its not actually better at all. Its very much a guilty pleasure for me and I recognize how terrible the writing quality is overall – but if the original Selection didn’t interest you, then this won’t either.