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The Heir (The Selection) Paperback – May 3, 2016
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Gr 9 Up—Cass draws us back into the world of "The Selection" (HarperCollins) with this latest series installment. Taking place 20 years after The One (2014), this entry focuses on the lives of Queen America and King Maxon's four children, specifically Princess Eadlyn, who is the heir to the throne. The castes have officially been dissolved, but not without recurring issue, including riots among the people of Ilea. To distract the country and buy time for King Maxon and Queen America to formulate a plan to stop the riots, it's decided that another Selection will take place. Princess Eadlyn is initially not fond of the idea because she is not ready to get married; however she respects her parents' wishes, and wants to do right by her people. She has two caveats: a three-month commitment and an understanding that she may not find a husband in the end. Fans will simultaneously root for and despise Eadlyn. She is powerful, bossy, and vulnerable. While life looks perfect from the outside, readers learn that things are not what they seem. Physical fights break out among the Selected, and secrets are kept only to be revealed at the very end. The cliff-hanger conclusion sets the stage for future volumes. At times the work feels like a retelling of the first book, but with a different cast of characters. However, readers will enjoy seeing the courtship rituals through the eyes of Eadlyn, her date mishaps, and how things have evolved over two decades. VERDICT A great addition for collections that have a high demand for "The Selection" series.—Erin Holt, Williamson County Public Library, Franklin, TN --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
PRAISE FOR KIERA CASS: “A real page-turner. Romance, royalty, and revolution in a reality-show format serve Cass’ boldly rendered heroine well in her quest for justice and love.” (ALA Booklist)
“Reality T.V. meets dystopian fairy tale in Kiera Cass’s delightful debut. Charming, captivating, and filled with just the right amount of swoon!” (Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy)
“An engrossing tale reminiscent of Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy and Ally Condie’s Matched. Fairy-tale lovers will lose themselves in America’s alternate reality and wish that the next glamorous sequel were waiting for them.” (School Library Journal)
“Deliciously entertaining.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Cass’s immensely readable debut novel is a less drastic Hunger Games, with elaborate fashion and trappings. The fast-paced action will have readers gasping for the upcoming sequel.” (ALA Booklist)
“A cross between The Hunger Games (minus the bloodsport) and The Bachelor (minus the bloodsport), this trilogy launch is a lot of fun. Cass deftly builds the chemistry between America and Maxon, while stroking the embers of America’s first, forbidden love.” (Publishers Weekly)
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SUMMARY: This story takes place about 2 decades after America's "Selection". It is taken from the point of view of America's first born child and only daughter, Eadlyn Schreave (age 18). The caste system has been abolished, but the society is still a little unsettle with their situation due to discrimination based on their once associated caste level. In order to try and distract the people, Eadlyn is pressured by her parents (Queen America and King Maxon) to host her own selection. Eadlyn does not approve of the Selection but says she'll make it last 3 months even though she has no intention of finding a soul mate. She believes she can handle the job of being the queen on her own. During the selection, Eadlyn finds out via a letter from her brother Ahren that the public unrest is caused by her TV image as being shallow and selfish and told her that she needs to not be scared of showing her true self. And she does seem to have the spoiled brat mentality through most of the book, but it might be the author trying to show the strain of learning to perform as a royal but it's not quite clear since none of the royal responsibilities were ever explained. Finally, the book ends with America having a heart attack and Eadlyn finally coming to terms with truly trying to find a soul mate.
As much as I completely enjoyed the trilogy of America in the Selection. This one was a bit of a disappointment. I own it to continue with the series and I bought this as soon as it came out. So it was definitely on my “most anticipated” list. The cover is gorgeous and the heroine annoying.
Yes I said it. Eadlyn (how would you pronounce that?) is the daughter of America and Maxon and it was cool to see their character development that American has a lot more refinement and Maxon is a great father. She feels the burden of whom she will one day be. The Queen the first in their kingdom since before Maxon became King, it didn’t matter when you were born the first male would be king. Well with Maxon and America ruling they changed A LOT of things including this.
With the changes comes a great amount of new struggles and unrest. When Maxon can’t figure out how to appease his people, he feels they need a distraction. So Eadlyn agreed to do the Selection.
Eadlyn agrees to the Selection only to appease her father and help her kingdom. But underneath she refused to be “tied down” to any man and secretly plans to not marry anyone.
What I didn’t like about Eadlyn was how much she annoyed me! I felt like she did nothing but complain and was so detached from her people and what they really need in a ruler. She is cold, selfish and drove me nuts.
I also felt like Kiera Cass doesn’t know how to write boys that well. The guys in the Selection were….not so boyish… plus the relationship between Eadlyn and her brother was off. I have four brother and we are all pretty dang close. But not THAT close. It was a little weird.
The romance? lacked. It was obvious from the moment we were introduced to this character what was going to happen. Plus I felt with this character he “changed” too quickly and I disappointed and wished they didn’t become friends so fast after years of disliking each other.
Overall I look forward to the rest of this series but was disappointed in Eadlyn’s character and the fact that Cass doesn’t really write boys well.
Sexual Content: mild/moderate (kissing/making out)
Eadlyn has a totally different character than them, however she does try her best to follow her parents' steps and be a beloved queen. She makes a lot of mistakes, but she tries her best to stand up and fix them. Kile too will always be my most favorite character of the next generation!
Thank you very much, Kiera Cass, for creating this world.
Very fluffy, very easy to read and finish. No strong violence, no swearing, no sex scenes. Suitable even to 12 years old readers.