Title: The Heir
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Published: May 5, 2015 by Harper Teen
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.
But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.
Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
- The concept is pretty entertaining…I mean, a dystopian bachelorette? That’s pretty unique and that’s pretty interesting. Was it executed as well as it could have been? Debatable.
- EADLYN. UGH. You think America is bad, but then her demon child walks into your life, and boy, does it put everything into perspective. Eadlyn is bratty and spoiled and arrogant and completely self-obsessed. She is as much of an insult to humanity as Donald Trump is. Every time someone calls her out on her actions she tries to grab the reader’s pity but it ain’t happening because HONEY, EVERYONE HATES YOU. (Would you like me to go on? Because I can. I really, really can.)
- EXCUSE me. Where is the chemistry? 35 guys, and Kiera Cass doesn’t manage to create spark between Eadlyn and any one of them, even when she tries. IT DOESN’T WORK. It doesn’t work because it is atrociously written. JUST SAYIN.
- The writing…questionable. It’s written in a severe middle-grade fashion, youngish and overly simplistic. It almost reminds me of Rick Riordan—except Rick Riordan is actually middle-grade and knows how to write well.
- DID I MENTION EADLYN?
Or, like, write well at all.
What characters have you mentally committed murder too? If you have an answer to that question, a) next time, use your words and b) have you considered therapy?