I'd like to firstly explain that I was only going to score this book three stars with the main reason being that I simply can't stand the main character in this book Eadlyn and have made absolutely no emotional attachment to her character as I would normally do with main character's when reading a series. I have also struggled to make any emotional attachment with any of the other main characters too and to be honest I have even struggled with past characters from the first three books that I absolutely loved as they all seem pale shadows of themselves. I have decided to give the book and the characters the benefit of the doubt and trust that some emotional feeling will develop for me in the next book in the series, as in my mind a good book is one that has you engrossed, hooked and 'in the books world' within the first few pages or at least the first couple of chapters and unfortunately this book did none of those for me. I absolutely loved the first three books and read them just under three months ago and all within a few days of each other and so I was hoping for the same magic with this book. I have therefore chosen to award four stars as despite my lack of feeling for any of the main characters I do like the series' premise and the first three books were so good that I am hoping this book is building to a fantastic final fifth book. If you are thinking of reading this book and haven't read the first three then I would urge you to read them first as otherwise you may not appreciate the storyline or world if reading this one first - sorry Kiera Cass.
The Selection series is set in a dystopian future after World War 4 and following America being taken over at one point by China a man called Gregory Illea manages to help the country regain independence. As a result he becomes King and renames the country Illea. However that is not the only thing he re-organises and he re-organises the country into Castes which number from One to Eight. If you are a One you are a member of the Royal Household and if you are an Eight you are essentially a beggar on the streets.
This fourth book follows on after America Singer (a Five) has won The Selection (A competition where 35 girls from across the country compete for the Prince's hand in marriage) and married Prince Maxon who is now King Maxon and her his Queen. America and Maxon have had their own children they have their own children and are very happily married. They have not only changed how Illea works and dissolved the Castes so that everyone is now equal but they have also changed tradition and ensured that their first born (twins) despite being a girl is also Heir to the throne rather than their son who despite being second born would have been named Heir just because he was a man.
Their daughter Princess Eadlyn is gently coerced into having her own Selection with 35 eligible men from across Illea in order to distract the country from the civil unrest that has been happening as some people don't agree with the Castes being dissolved. Eadlyn goes into the Selection with a plan in mind to simply go through the motions and not get emotionally involved with everyone however despite her cold, snooty exterior it would appear that she is not the Ice Princess she tries to be...............
I'm hoping the next as yet untitled installment will scoop this back for me as this book left me feeling a little disappointed to be honest as Eadlyn is just such a cold hearted, bratty and snootish girl who certainly doesn't deserve to be Heir with her attitude. I was poised to try to purchase the two books that hold the four novellas; The Prince, The Guard, The Queen and The Favourite but I have just discovered that a new book is to be released in October containing all four novellas with bonus material called Happily Ever After and so I have now placed a pre-order for that instead. I'm very excited to see that Celeste will have a short part from her point of view as she was one of my favourite characters from the first three books.
The books so far are as follows in case this is of any help to someone:
1. The Selection (The Selection, Book 1) (The Selection Stories)
2. The Elite (The Selection, Book 2) (The Selection Stories)
3. The One (The Selection, Book 3) (The Selection Stories)
4. The Heir
5. As Yet Untitled
Novella Book - Happily Ever After (The Selection series)
this contains the following ebooks but all togetherThe Prince (The Selection Novellas, Book 1) (The Selection Series)The Guard (The Selection Novellas, Book 2) (The Selection Series)The Queen (The Selection) (The Selection series)The Favorite (The Selection) (The Selection series)