Getting into The Selection series, was for me like watching a really, really good tv show. Once you’ve seen the first episodes, you’re hooked, and you just have this compelling need to watch everything, to know how this story ends. However, when I finished reading The One, I was satisfied. Until I learned it wasn’t the finale. Once again, pursuing on the road of The Selection’s success, Kiera Cass delivered us with The Heir, an entertaining read I couldn’t not pick up. Curiosity got the best of me, sure, but I have to say, I prefered The Selection much, much more. Here’s why.
“You know how your mother and I met,” Dad began.
I rolled my eyes. “Everyone does. You two are practically a fairy tale.”
Twenty years after America and Maxon’s adventures and their own Selection, things definitely have changed. Meet the daughter of what seems to be, for everyone, a fairytale, Eadlyn. Completely different from her mother and father, she’s strong, powerful as she likes to repeat herself, and she’s the first heir to the throne, beating by a minute her twin brother, Most of all, she doesn’t dream of the same fairytale her mother and father lived: against marriage above everything, she’d rather rule the country by herself. But when another rebellion is threatening to explode, her parents and her need to find a solution to entertain their people…and what better way to do that, than another Selection? In this plot, there’s nothing we didn’t read about before in this series, but I have to say, I was mostly curious about how things would unfold this many years after leaving our beloved characters, America and Maxon.
This story was entertaining, as always, but we follow the dear characters we’d learned to love in the background as strangers calling themselves mom and dad. We get little hints of what happened to them, but that’s all. It’s the daughter’s story, and thankfully, we’re not dealing with a simple copycat of America: she’s completely different, stubborn… Well, she has her own personality, and let me tell you, she did bother me at first, with her moods. But she was strong and stood up for what she wanted. I surely didn’t approve of every of her decisions, and, to be honest, I had a hard time getting attached to her, unlike I did to America when first starting the series. Thankfully, The Heir has its share of interesting secondary characters, whom I enjoyed so so much more, than the main character. Her twin brother was realistic, funny, interesting, and without a doubt, handsome. Each of the “bachelors” (yes, I made a parallel with The Bachelor, blame me), were different and all intriguing to read about, as we discover page by page who they really are, and what they are looking for in this selection. This panel of characters really made me want to follow this story even more, that, and the curiosity of knowing what was going to happen, and who was going to be chosen.
“I’m not sure anyone knows what they’re looking for until they find it.”
Each of the relationships weren’t treated as equals, as we can expect in any kind of reality tv show based on the same kind of scenario. Some things are going too fast, some others too slow, there are many characters that are just here, and then, suddenly, gone. That wasn’t surprising about the story, and if you’re looking to read this book, you have to expect that. Unlike The Selection, where events unfolded less quickly, and we got to know the characters a little deeper, in The Heir, we don’t. Things are happening fast, too fast? In my opinion, it just made me flipping through the pages more quickly, and more eager to know what was going to happen, next. Some relationships, and probably the most important ones, were entertaining to follow, and the characters oh so endearing, as Henri, and Kile, my two personal favorites. Nothing new about Kile, a childhood friend, and everything seemed predictable in their relationships, but, what can I tell, I love friendships turning into more, it’s my weak point. Henri, on the other hand, was so endearing, I just fell in love.
But that ending, well excuse me while I’m not okay with it. This is exactly what I’m talking about with open endings, and sometimes how frustrating they are. I really thought that this was the final book, and, as much as I loved The Selection, I don’t want it to become one of those series which drags on and on, forever. Honestly? I really, really, REALLY want to know who she ends up with. It’s like watching The Bachelor and skipping who’s chosen at the end. It’s just frustrating as hell.
Entertaining as always, and following rightly The Selection’s path, The Heir is a great read for those looking for a swoony romance, just turning the pages quickly and relax. I missed Maxon and America a little bit too much, to be honest. I hope the next, and hopefully last installment of this series will be better than this one.
Did you read The Heir? What did you think about it? If not, are you planning to read it? Feel free to share your thoughts in comments!
Kiera Cass, The Heir, Published by Harper Teen, May 5th 2015.
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