the heir

Title: The Heir (The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: 05/5/2015
Reviewed by: Haley

Beware.  This review contains major spoilers for The Selection trilogy. Read if you dare.

You read the books. You laughed and cried with America Singer. You fell in love with Prince Maxon. You read the final page of The One and told yourself that they live happily ever after. But what happens after happily ever after?

Horrible, horrible things.

It is twenty years in the future, and the caste system has been removed. This may sound like a good thing, yes, but there are extreme cases of post-caste discrimination. Burning buildings and resistance are only part of the problem, and the royal family fears the day these illicit activities give way to utter anarchy. Civilians whisper of overthrowing the monarchy, and the public is growing more and more aggressive.

Now where does this fall into place with our selection story? Ah, yes. Eighteen-year-old Eadlyn Schreave, the daughter of King Maxon and Queen America, is coming of age to marry . . . only she has no interest in the idea. None. Nada. Zilch. Zero. As I said earlier, the kingdom is in utter turmoil. Eadlyn’s parents are desperate for a “pause” button to distract the public and buy precious time to fix Illéa’s problems. Whatever could this “distraction” be?  You guessed it! A selection! The problem is that Eadlyn isn’t going for it . . . marriage, selection, anything that changes her comfortable, predictable life. But the thing is, she doesn’t have much of a choice in the matter.

And the selection begins . . .

Breathe. Breathe, Haley, breathe. I’m not going to talk about the end because, well, it’s heartbreaking. (Thanks, Kiera!) But I am going to say that anyone who has read The Selection books 1-3 HAS to read this book. The Heir is completely and totally 10 out of 5 stars. Seriously! Eadlyn is the sassiest, most amazing character ever, dad Maxon is cuter than a puppy dog, and all of The Selection references kill me!

So, click out of this review, grab your car keys, and take a nice trip down to BookPeople. Oh, and clear that schedule. You won’t be able to stop reading! There will be (sniff, tear) only one more book in Eadlyn’s story. I know what you’re thinking, only one?! I, personally, believe that Kiera Cass should just write selection stories for the entire Shreave family tree. Eadlyn’s child’s selection, Eadlyn’s granddaughter’s selection, you get my drift. The still untitled book five of The Selection series is scheduled for 2016. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted the next book in a series so much!