I loved The Selection trilogy; it wasn’t perfect, but it was really fun. When the trilogy ended I was sad, and wanted to know more, but when I heard there would be more books I was wary that it might just be a cash cow.
Nevertheless, I pre-ordered The Heir as soon as I could.
This review will contain spoilers about what happened in the first three Selection books, so don’t read ahead if you don’t want to know.
Our main character is Eadlyn, daughter of Maxon and America, and heir to the throne. Unlike Maxon, and America, Eadlyn comes across as quite stuck up. A few people have complained about her being headstrong, and obnoxious, but I liked it.
I’m not going to complain about a character not being your standard cookie cutter perfect person. It was refreshing to read from the point of view of a character with flaws. Eadlyn didn’t annoy me; I connected with her and felt her frustrations over the situation she found herself with.
Throughout the book, she goes through a lot of character development, mostly towards the end, and it did feel honest, realistic, and not forced in any way. I couldn’t help but feel for her as she began to realise how everyone else viewed her.
It was also nice to be reunited with Maxon and America, and some of the other characters like Marlee and Aspen. It felt a little bit like meeting up with friends you’ve not seen in years.
The world building
As with the previous books, the world building is not strong in this series. I’m ok with that though. I think that there are times where the world building doesn’t need to be super strong, and this series is one of them. Maybe that’s just me though.
I love castles and palaces, so I found it easy to build up an image in my head of the palace, the rooms, and the grounds.
When I read The One, I was left wanting more and wanted to know how things turned out in Illea, and we do get a bit of information about what’s happened between the end of The One, and the start of The Heir, which was nice.
On to the Selection; 35 young men descend upon the palace to try and win Eadlyn’s heart. We don’t get to know many of them at all, only a handful, and there is a good mix of personalities.
The plot moves fairly quickly, and things crop up at the right points to stop The Heir becoming stale. As well as the Selection, Eadlyn and her family are also dealing with political things, which makes it more interesting.
As with the first three books in the series, we’re left waiting to find out who will become ‘the one’. That does annoy me a little bit, however I do understand the need for it to be split across a couple of books.
There are a few suitors by the end of The Heir, and I’m not sure who Eadlyn will pick at all. Interestingly, they’re all viable options for various reasons, but I don’t think we, or Eadlyn, know enough about any of the potentials to make an informed decision. And I really like that about this book.
I like that we’re just as in the dark as the main character, and we’re going through the exact same process of trying to figure out who would make a good Prince of Illea.
The ending was a real surprise, I think I actually sat up and said “holy crap”. I did not see it coming at all, and it’s made me even more eager to read the next book.
Talking of the next book, I imagine it will come out May 2016 . The untitled finale is listed on Goodreads already, and it has 254 reviews. It really annoys me when people leave ratings on Goodreads when they haven’t even read it yet. // Mini-rant over.
Conclusion – is it a cash cow?
The Heir was much better than I expected it to be; it’s a worthy addition to the series and my fears of it being a cash cow have been put to rest.
- Eadlyn’s character development
- Trying to figure out who will become ‘the one’
- Good pacing
- It was nice to read about the Selection from the point of view of the person doing the selecting
- Bonus: the cover is gorgeous
Not so good points:
- I’m impatient and don’t want to wait until the next book comes out to find out who becomes ‘the one’
Have you, or will you, read The Heir?