This weekend I read Heir by Kiera Cass.
What you need to know is that her series ‘The Selection’ is actually one of my favorites, and I’ve read it at least three times.
What you also need to know is that the first three books I sort of felt embarrassed for reading… mostly because they are super cheesy romance times.
Heir, on the other hand was a whole different ball game.
If you haven’t read any of ‘The Selection’ books, here’s the deal.
The stories take place in the fictional country of Ilea (which is new named America after various historical events) where there is a caste system and a royal family who lead the country. Every male heir finds his wife by basically participating in the Bachelor.
So thirty five girls are ‘randomly’ selected (one from each region) and they are brought to the palace where the prince (his name is Maxon) gets to know the women, eliminating them as he deems they aren’t suitable.
The story also weaves in bits and pieces to do with discrimination, because of the whole caste system thing and the first ‘set’ in the series ends with Maxon marrying the main character/narrator, America, and dissolving the castes system.
They are great books. Cheesy, pretty predictable but good.
Heir is in a whole other league. I mean Kiera Cass is a pretty great writer but her efforts in Heir blew my mind.
Heir is set 20 years old from America and Maxon’s marriage. They have been ruling Ilea and have four children. Our story is narrated by the eldest, and girl, Eadlyn.
The country has been better under the dissolving of the castes but there is still unrest and people are unhappy and they are taking it out on the Monarchy. As a result, a stressed Maxon askes his daughter Eadlyn to host her own Selection (which is pretty revolutionary as women NEVER did this) to distract the country with her falling in love.
Issue is that Eadlyn doesn’t want to fall in love. She wants to be strong, powerful and in control.
She narrates the story and as much as you’re like, gosh I am SO on her side, she is SO flawed.
Controlling, manipulative, emotionally distant, she has some of the most complex relationships with other characters (specifically, her mother’s friends, her maid, and her twin brother) I’ve ever seen in a book.
I don’t say this lightly. I am impressed, and better for reading this book.
It deals proficiently with some pretty solid themes all the while getting readers on board with this very complicated and very interesting leading lady.
You need to read this book.
It is the first in a new set within ‘The Selection’ series.
Not fluff, a strong, powerful storyline and strong, powerful character.