Book Review: The Heir

Genre: Young Adult; Dystopia; Romance

Rating: 4 stars

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.

Review:

There are spoilers for the first three novels of The Selection series. They are marked by <spoiler>[…]</spoiler>.

I’ll be honest: I didn’t really like the last two books in The Selection series. In fact, the more people raved about them the lower my opinion got. So, naturally, I expected to hate this book too. I had heard everyone complain about how horrible Eadlyn was, and I convinced myself to watch the spoiler review (by Christine from polandbananasbooks on YouTube). But despite all of this, or perhaps because of it, I actually found myself enjoying the story.
I had a lot of problems with Eadlyn; she is selfish, vain, snobby, and closed up. She keeps telling herself that “no one is more powerful than me”. She calls Kile an annoying bookworm; Kiera Cass, you do not insult readers in a book. She says and thinks cruel things about almost everyone; even when she doesn’t mean to, she offends people. <spoiler>[She even tries to break up her twin brother and his beloved, because she can’t bear to loose him.]</spoiler> Even the people of her country see her flaws, despite how hard she works to cover them up with her fancy outfits and tiaras. She overreacts about some questions and subjects, not wanting to delve into anything even remotely personal, even as she asks the Selected questions that are more difficult for them to talk about.
However, Eadlyn is, in my opinion, more redeemable than America Singer (in The Elite and The One). Even in the course of the book, she improves her attitude; I can’t wait to see the end result. She doesn’t mean to be cruel, it’s just how she is. Once it is pointed out to her, she tries very hard not to be mean and from there she just keeps getting better. Her sheer will power gets her through a few tough situations and I admire her strength. She begins to open up to a select few and as her guard comes down she becomes more likeable.
Even though I wasn’t fond of America Singer as a main character, I really like her as a mom. She is kind, strong willed, and fierce, and those traits shine as she tries to navigate the rough waters of having a teenage (soon-to-be-queen) daughter. Maxon is complex and difficult to read, but his devotion to his family makes him a wonderful father and king. Eadlyn’s brothers are wonderful and well written, especially Ahryn. I would’ve liked to see more from her other two siblings, but her relationship with her twin is as good as it gets.
The men in the Selection are incredibly interesting. I really liked getting to see the process from the other side; the chaos of speed dating and having a bunch of strangers in your house. It was entertaining. Kile and Hale and Henri and easily my favorites, because of their understanding, kind, and open personalities. I hope they will be part of the Elite.
The politics in The Heir are much stronger than they were in the original three novels; I had been hoping for more detail about the rebels from the north and the south <spoiler>[but they only show up to conveniently kill everybody in the way of America and Maxon getting married and becoming king and queen].</spoiler> I like reading from the future queen’s perspective, because we get to see a little (not a lot, but a little) of the stress and the hardwork of being a ruler.
Lastly, Kiera Cass’s writing style is so easy to read. I breezed through this book is a little over a day. I think it made everything a little better.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Do I recommend it to fans of the rest of the series? Yes. Will I read the next novel? Definitely.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Heir”

  1. You’re probably one of the few people I’ve heard who LIKE this book. And based on what you said, being redeemable, makes me have hope. Like perhaps she’s annoying on purpose and will get better? I stopped after Elite and just googled what HAPPEN in the One haha. Now I might give it a round two, we’ll see. These books are like a guilty pleasure to me.

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    1. Haha yeah! If you do read The Heir (or The One, for that matter) I highly recommend watching Christine’s (polandbananabooks on YouTube) video review for it. That way you have low expectations. Hehe. 😂

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