- “I only have one heart, and I'm saving it.”
by Kiera Cass
The Selection Series Book 4
Kiera Cass continues America’s story in the best way possible…. twenty years later from the perspective of America’s daughter. Although you may feel a void in your heart where America and Maxon use to be, this void will soon be filled with their “who-run-the-world-GIRLS” daughter, Princess Eadlyn.
Cass does not leave us in the dark with America and Maxon’s story. She keeps them both much alive, as well as many other loved characters like Marlee, Lucy and General Leger, as they become major influencers in Princess Eadlyn’s life.
Many dystopian stories share the same flaw… time. Often taking down an entire government in a mere year or shorter. In the Heir, Kiera Cass puts a realistic spin back into the over saturated impractical dystopian market, by simply adding time – twenty years to be exact, where even now the ‘happy ending’ has not yet come to be. Instead, even more hardships have come into play that her daughter must now face.
“Didn’t they know who I was, what they’d trained me for? I was Eadlyn Schreave. No one was more powerful than me. So if they thought I was going down without a fight, they were sadly mistaken.”
Over the last twenty years, America and Maxon has slowly eliminated the caste system. Princess Eadlyn has grown up in a world without the caste system. She doesn’t truly understand what it was like before. But now, Princess Eadlyn must continue to implement the changes that her mother and father have started while dealing the issues that removing the caste system has created. After some major disruption and non acceptance of the new system, Maxon requests a Selection to distract the people and bring hope to them through Princess Eadlyn. Eadlyn agrees to go through with it like her parents did to please the people and her parents, but is reluctant about the whole thing.
“I’m smart and beautiful and strong. I don’t need to be rescued.”
Eadlyn’s true feeling of the Selection process are shown to both the suitors and the people during her “black-widow” elimination. She soon finds the walls she is putting up to be affecting both her ability to fall in love and the perception to the people. She is soon looked at as cold and harsh, even to the people she loves. She must find a way to open up not only for the Selection, but to keep the monarch together and prevent any uprisings.
“There are some things you don’t learn about yourself until you let someone else into the most intimate places of your heart.”