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.
Okay, so, I read this book BEFORE finishing up the other three. Why? Well, I don’t care if I’m spoiled too much, for one. For two, this book is set about 20 years after the events of Book 3, The One. So, really, I am just in a new storyline with the major characters of the other books as minor characters in this one.
And so here I am . . . dare I say it, I wish Cass had written The Selection like this. The Heir is thought out better in the world and the characters are stronger. Instead of the stereotypes we see in the first book, we are given people with more personality. Even the main character seems more than what she appears.
It almost makes me feel like Cass wrote The Selection as background info for this book. It truly feels that way.
I actually like all of the characters and wanted to know what was going to happen next. I had my favorites among the selections and wasn’t sure what would happen at the end of the book. Naturally, it doesn’t end with this book, but it didn’t feel like a struggle to put in a new book.
All in all, I was impressed by the writing style and world building compared to the very first book. Does it push me away from reading books 2 and 3? Not really. Sort of? I don’t know. I probably will finish that set (I only have book 3 left as I’m typing this). But yeah, it wasn’t bad all things considered.
Final Rating: 3/5