Eadlyn Schreav (18) was doomed the moment she was born before her twin brother, Ahren. As the daughter of King Maxon and Queen America, Princess Eadlyn's only option is to prepare for her duties as Illea's future queen. To counter the country's descent into chaos after removing the caste system, Eadlyn’s parents propose a Selection. The Selection, which is an Illean tradition, could bring temporary peace. At first, Eadlyn is hesitant to accept the idea and agrees to it only on the condition that she will not be required to marry one of her suitors if she does not wish. However, a Selection is anything but predictable and as tensions and emotions run high, Eadlyn may find herself entranced with tough decisions and the weight of her country on her back.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (19):
The Heir is what I consider to be a true classic dystopian love story. It is a spinoff of the highly successful trilogy, The Selection, and despite it being akin to its predecessors, Cass manages to make it feel fresh and unique, especially with the stark contrast between Eadlyn and America, who is the main female lead of the original trilogy.
In The Selection, America Singer enters a similar circumstance from the entire opposite perspective, as a contestant. In The Heir, we see a perspective of what a Selection is like from the object of the competition. Eadlyn is a wonderful protagonist. While I wasn’t exactly fond of her in the beginning, I found myself rooting for her until the very end. She’s strong, determined, and a little stubborn which makes her interactions with her suitors very dynamic. This novel will leave you wanting to grab the next one right away to see how the events unfold and how Eadlyn will finish her Selection if she does at all.
Eadlyn is also what I didn't like. Despite becoming a favorable protagonist toward the end of the novel, her attitude at the beginning could be enough to throw people away from finishing the book. I now understand the author's intentions, but reading a story with a whiney, rude main character can be challenging. I wouldn’t say this should be enough to deter anyone from reading, but it’s something to be cautious of.
In conclusion, The Heir is a book I could not put down, much like The Selection Series. It has a perfect blend of romance, drama, and dystopian flair to keep you guessing. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of dystopian romance. You will most likely find yourself wanting to read it again soon after you finish, so buy this one. The cover art of the book is beautiful and would be a perfect addition to any collection as a gift.
There is nothing too intense within the book that would keep it from being too harmful to younger audiences. Even so, with the romance and mature themes, it is probably best suited for teens.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Fans of dystopian romance will enjoy this story that picks up (about) 18 years after The Selection trilogy ended.
This is a fourth title in The Selection trilogy that updates the happily-ever-after of King Maxon and Queen America.
This is a book meant for leisure reading. If your reader has read The Selection, ask them what they think about a fourth book giving them the "next generation." Do they agree with our reviewer that it is fresh and unique?
12 and Up
11 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age:
Buy. This is a book you'll re-read.