by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection, Book 4
Preceded By: The One
Followed By: TBA
Page Amount: 352, US Hardback
First of all, I loved The Selection series. I fell in love with Maxon and the palace that Cass created. I even liked America and her evolving characterization. The Heir is more of a companion novel to The Selection than a sequel. You really do not have to read The Selection series prior to reading this book. However, it makes The Heir more entertaining once you know America and Maxon's backstories. The Heir focuses on Eadlyn, Queen America's daughter, as she goes through her own selection to appease her parents and to settle unrest among the country.
Contrary to a lot of reviewers, I enjoyed America's character. Sure, she was whiny and annoying at times mainly in The Elite, but all in all, I was able to witness her grow as a person and as a leader. Eadlyn is kind of the same in that way but not quite. To be honest, I hate Eadlyn's character. She is a whiny, spoiled, rude brat. She annoyed me to no end with her cruel swipes at the selected boys. She believes she has it so hard even though one of the only things she worries about throughout the book is which tiara to wear. Anyway, just because I didn't like Eadlyn does not mean that her voice wasn't consistent. Cass did do an amazing job at capturing Eadlyn's voice. Her point of view was consistent throughout every page, which is a difficult task to complete with such eloquence as Cass does. I believe that Cass did an excellent job at maintaining Eadlyn's voice and creating a memorable, district point of view. Although I personally didn't like Eadlyn as a character, I still appreciate the risk that Cass took in creating a character drastically different from America.
As for the other characters, they made this book for me. I am absolutely in love with Kile. The scenes between him and Eadlyn were so beautifully captured. I was swooning anytime he came into the scene. I can tell he has a lot of depth to his character that I hope will be explored in the next novel. Not only Kile, but all of the selection boys were developed. I loved getting to read about so many of the boys' pasts and interests. Each of them were very thoughtfully created. Henri was another favorite of mine. His overwhelming joy was adorable. I also loved Henri's translator, Erik. How I wish he was one of the selected. I have a feeling Cass has a great plan for him though in the next book, which I am extremely excited about. It was also nice to see America, Maxon, Aspen, Lucy, and Marlee incorporated into the book. However, I miss heartthrob Maxon. I don't like fatherly Maxon as much; he's a lot less fun.
The plot of this book was interesting, but not really unique. It's basically the same story as The Selection with a more annoying narrator. I would have rather had a book detailing The Selection from Maxon's point of view. However, I still very much enjoyed this book. I stayed up until 3AM reading it last night, only stopping once I realized I had to get up early this morning. Once dates started happening in this book, I couldn't put it down. The boys in this book are reason enough to read it. Even though I didn't rate this book very highly, I still loved it and think that it is worth the read.
Will I be reading the next book? I have to. I need more Kile in my life.