Title: The Heir
Author: Kiera Cass
Format / Length: Paperback / 352 Pages
Publisher / Date Published: HarperCollins / May 5th 2015
Category / Genre: Young Adult / Light Dystopian
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I must confess there were two main reasons I wanted to read this book.
- Beautiful dresses. (But this one totally goes without saying, right?)
- THAT COVER. (Again. Without saying, really.)
So yeah, maybe they were very vain reasons for wanting to read this one — but I had certain expectations of The Heir, after reading Kiera Cass’s previous The Selection series. (If you’re CONFUSED: The Selection series consists of three books; technically, it ends there, but The Heir follows the story of . . . Well. Spoilers.)
In short: I ADORE this series. It’s fluffy — but with some surprisingly tender and emotional moments throughout, with plenty of romance and drama, but, in saying that, I also have to say that the original The Selection books were my favourite.
Things I liked:
▪︎ The fact that I’d consider this “light” dystopian. Usually I prefer dystopian novels and fantasies to be fleshed out completely, with layers and layers of detail. The simple thing is that this novel didn’t NEED to be fleshed out with layers. These novel have enough worldbuilding for the story to work.
▪︎ THE COVER.
(I know. You totally didn’t see that one coming.)
▪︎ The continuation of a series I was sad to see go. (Although maybe a little unnecessary? Although it IS wonderful to see America and Aspen and Maxon all grown up and doing their thing.)
▪︎ I LOVE Kiera Cass’s writing style. It’s a pragmatic style that doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t.
▪︎ The names. I’ve loved this about all of Kiera Cass’s novels (why yes, I also did like the name “America”, but then again I’m not American; I don’t know how I’d feel about a character named Australia . . .) To give you some examples from The Heir: Ahren, Eadlyn, Hale, Erik. They’re different, but not strange.
But, all right . . . I didn’t love everything, and yes, The Heir (so far!) is not my favourite from the extended series.
- It took me a long time to warm up to Eadlyn. And still, now I’ve finished the novel, I can’t honestly say I’m a massive fan of her. I’m going to draw parallel’s between America and Eadlyn. America = humble; Eadlyn = not humble, and snooty. Yep. I went there.
(And I GET IT. I do. Eadlyn grew up royalty whereas America grew up poor. Eadlyn had everything handed to her on a silver platter (probably literally HAH), whereas America earned every penny she got. I like that sort of character better.)
In saying that she did improve. I just didn’t get her like I got/appreciated America more.
- I thought . . . Well, I thought that some of the male Selected blurred together. Whereas, with the girls in the first three novels, they seemed a little more different from each other. HOWEVER. This is only the first in the extended series. I’m hoping during the next book will help flesh out some of the lesser characters. (Also: Does anyone know if there will be five overall books in the series? Or will Eadlyn’s books also be a trilogy?)
SO. LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS. Should you read this book?
You should, if:
- You like light dystopias
- A fun, The Bachelor-esque plot
- You’re looking for characters to love (and maybe even hate)
- You’ve read and enjoyed The Selection series (though I wouldn’t recommend reading The Heir until you’ve read the previous three books . . . Unless you don’t mind being a touch confused and MAJORLY spoiling the original series for you.)