Series: Please stop. I mean: The Selection
Genre: YA (FAKE) Dystopian
Page Length: 368 Pages
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.
Reading this series is like doing study cram sessions that you regret in the morning. Whenever I finish a Selection novel I'm left with a resounding question of WHY?! This series is addictive, it's like candy. They're addictive and fast to read. They lack substance yet some qualities are too enticing to say no to. The Heir lacks direction, sincere romance, quality writing, a plot, and likable characters.
To start, I don't agree with lengthening this series. If I felt these two books would bring more closure and finality to the series and actually address the social problems of the first arc, then I would support this book wholeheartedly. As I predicted though, this book brings about the same shenanigans and more to annoy readers to no end.
Where to begin? Eadlyn, the main character, is somehow a worse protagonist than her mother, America. At least America had some liveliness and wildness about her. Eadlyn is cold and calculated. Cass adds a splash of underlying vulnerability and halfhearted fears to make "Eady" more relatable. It didn't work though. I had no connection to this girl at all. I didn't sympathize for her, nor did I care what she did and what happened to her. The other characters seemed just as superficial although it was lovely seeing a happy Maxon and America and family.
The plot is basically a redo of books 1-3 except it's the Bachlorette now. There are more calls of social unrest, but it's not like these characters are going to do anything about it. I felt as though nothing happened in this book. Eadlyn gains some actual feelings with a few of the Selected. Which brings me to my next point. This "romance" is even more messed up than the last book. Let's just call it a love polygon that we don't really care about. I see at least four strong options, but I'm not setting my heart on anything or anyone. I feel as though we got nowhere in this book and hardly scraped the surface of the relationships both romantic and familial.
Finding out about Maxon and America's life after the Selection was one of the only parts I liked. There were some light, fun moments, although I felt this book lacked everything and anything! Another random thing that annoyed me is the number of times the word "giggled" showed up in this book. All the boys and girls are giggling left and right! From the queen herself, to the maids, to the mayor, to the Selected men, everyone is giggling. Such a strange thing...
Overall this book was a complete disappointment with very few redeeming qualities.