The Heir (The Selection #4)
by Kiera Cass
What is it about:
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.
What did I think of it:
As you might have noticed I didn't call this a review. I also am going to get spoilery a bit.
I liked the first three books: they're sugary, but fun. So when I picked this book up I was expecting to like it.
But there was one major thing in this book that bugged me: the message it gives.
What this book tells us is that a woman can't be strong and independent. Eadlyn keeps getting told she's not acting girly and soft enough to be liked. She needs to fall in love with a boy and act gooey with him to have people like her.
This book tells us that having people like you, is needed to rule a country as a woman. It tells that ruling a country is about being popular, instead of being capable and strong enough to make hard decisions.
This message that is flowing through the story as an undercurrent made that I could't care about the rest of the story. So there are a bunch of guys Aedlyn has to chose from. Some are nice, some are jerks. The boy who will win Aedlyn's heart in book five was clear to me from the first sentence about him (if I'm wrong, I will be really surprised).
I did finish the book, but I doubt I will pick up the next book. I will keep the original trilogy though and reread that when i'm in the mood for sugary Dystopia.
Why should you read it:
Maybe I'm being too harsh on the book, and you might not mind the message it gives.