The Heir by Kiera CassThe Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir

byKiera Cass

Paperback | May 3, 2016

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A new era dawns in the world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series

America and Maxon’s fairy-tale romance enchanted readers from the very first page of The Selection. Now find out what happens after happily ever after in this fourth captivating novel, perfect for fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, or Renée Ahdieh’s The Wrath & the Dawn.

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

A new generation of swoon-worthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!

Kiera Cass was born in South Carolina in 1983. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Radford University. She self-published her first novel, The Siren, in 2009. She is the author of The Selection series. In 2014 her title, The One made The New York Times Best Seller List.
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Title:The HeirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062349864

ISBN - 13:9780062349866

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! A great continuation to the series with America and Maxon's daughter as the main character with her own Selection. A fun read that is just as addictive and intriguing as the original three.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good! I really enjoyed this book! It wasn't as good as the first books with America, but still pretty good for people who enjoyed the first!
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I really enjoyed this book! It wasn't as good as the first books with America, but still pretty good for people who enjoyed the first!
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sweet Predictable yet still enjoyable. Cute easy read series with a very similar story line
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Enjoyable A nice new perspective on the original characters from the selection all grown up in their happily ever after with a twist. Still enjoyable but not quite as good as the original series, it has less surprises.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Heir Didn't enjoy it as much as Maxon and America's story but still a good read
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay... This book was not nearly as good as the first three. I wasn't fond of the new characters and found myself rolling my eyes a lot at Eadlyn. I did like seeing where the previous character end up in their new lives.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Predictable This book was very predictable. The reader can very easily guess who she picks (in the next book) as there are obvious setbacks of the suitors (wants to not live in the castle, language barrier, does not explore the character enough, etc). Not a good followup of The Selection Series. Eadlyn is selfish, rude, and not very likable although confident and very independent. I expected America's and Maxon's child to be more polite although I understand why she finds Josie (Marlee's child) to be annoying. Also, genetically, Maxon's mother had a hard time getting pregnant while America has a bunch of kids (which is hard to keep track of because their characters are barely explored) Overall, it's an okay book. Lower one's standards before reading.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from not as good as original series with america ok so even though this wasn't quite as good as the original series with America, I liked the different character in the same situation. it gave it a nice new turn
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Kinda Boring This was my least favourite book of the series, the storyline was pretty slow and repetetive, which made it a slow and boring read, it felt like a chore to read.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another selection! So neat to see a selection with male suitors! All the characters have such interesting and unique personalities. Excited to see how the series wraps up.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! But a bit anti-climatic...
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright The main character is annoying and needs to grow up, but I liked the story line
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Heir ! This book definitely shook me. I wasn't sure how I was going to honestly enjoy this book after finishing the first three. Eadlyn at first is nothing like her mother.. she is hard, cold, calculating, and at a distance. As the story progresses you can see more and more of her coming out and wanting to open up to people. I really enjoyed this story, the end is crazy... I can't wait to start the next and final full novel, I enjoy seeing American and Maxon all grown up and still being beyond in love with each other. As far as the suitors are concerned... I like Kile. I'm not sure what is about knowing someone your whole life and never seeing them in a different way.. and finally realizing there is something else there makes me so happy ... but it does. And even though Erik isn't technically a part of the selection, Eady and him have such a great chemistry that is in no way forced.. it's beautiful. I'm excited to see how she continues to open up in the final novel.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Annoying main character Eadlyn was an annoying character, smart but unlikeable. The first two books of the Selection were great, but maybe the author should have end it with America winning the competition.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugh Honestly, I hate books that follow the kids of the main characters. I don't care about them. And quite frankly, it didn't make a lot of sense. America hated not having a choice and yet she puts her daughter through the same thing ???? Ok there.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!! Wish they had more about America and Maxon, but overall great read!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST Book ever! I read The Heir just after I read The first three books and the companion books in the Selection series, and I'm so glad I did. I was super excited to read The Heir because after reading The One, I knew that Mazon and America got married, so their daughter, the heir, would be like a combination of the both of them, in characteristics. Once I read this book, I wasn't disappointed! This book is waaay better than all of America's books!!! Princess Eadlyn (Maxon and America's daughter) holds her very own selection to find a lover (but really it's for another reason that you must read the book to find out, but the lover part is there too!) and is the first princess of all of Illea to do so. In this amazing novel Eadlyn struggles to find the right man, and to earn the love from the rest of Illea, who she believes dislikes her for many reasons. All through her story Eadlyn stays strong, just like her mother did, and even learns some inside information on her parent's selection, which she thought was the perfect love story until then! This is only the beginning of Princess Eadlyn's love story! Read this beautiful book right to the end, and don't even think about putting it down when you get to a tragic plot twist! After that, make sure you read the conclusion to Eadlyn's love story, and find out who she vows her heart to (it's a bit of a surprise!)
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than expected! I fell in love with America Singer as a character. Eadlyn, I wasn't convinced I'd like her as much. The story is different from America's, but I think that makes everything less predictable.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I bought this because i need something light and quick to read. this book is in no way deep or thought provoking. the plot was decent and the characters were okay. the thing i liked the most was seeing how the world changed from the last book to now and seeing the older characters come back. If you need a light book pick or somemthing quick to read pick this up
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This book is great but I like Americas stories best
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meh 3.5/5 Did not enjoy this as much as the first three.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Pointless Spin Off It's hard not to feel completely let down by The Heir and I wish I could say that 'Disappointment' was the only thing I felt by Kiera Cass' latest installment in The Selection Saga. The Heir, it makes me angry. It makes me feel annoyed. It also made me bored. Unlike with original trilogy, where I could pick out a couple events here and there as highlights, there is NOTHING that comes to mind here that stood out as something I could reflect on as a shining moment. Through and through, The Heir is a dull boring ride. I feel as if the selection in The Heir is COMPLETELY unnecessary. The original selection was such a horrible experience for Maxon and America, yet, they decide to put their oldest child through it for the sake of pleasing the peasants. When Eadlyn tries to argue her way out of it, her parents call her IRRATIONAL and all throughout the novel, constantly remind Eadlyn that at her age they were married and insisting that the whole thing be used as a learning experience. I feel like the message of this book is that 'love will cure everything if you just give love a chance' and it just feels so forced and so fake here. Despite what America and Maxon feel to be a 'positive experience' for them, wouldn't necessarily work for their daughter, yet they try to drive the message home that their daughter just needs to lighten up. Wouldn't it make more sense to get her out in the world and meet her people and meet other royalty outside of her kingdom and see what needs to get done, instead of hunkering her down in the castle and bringing the boys to her? Many reviews have already touched upon how bad of a character Eadlyn was and put it into words better than I could. At the end of the day, Eadlyn is a spoiled selfish child, but I can easily say the same for all the characters in the royal family. Unlike the original trilogy, Eadlyn's constant holier than though attitude is the ONLY drama that occurs in this story. At least The Selection had a promise of action going outside the palace walls. The Heir was nothing more than Eadlyn acting out and a few ruined dates. On top of that, the guys were all boring, they all had no chemistry with Eadlyn, but I think that the lack of chemistry was intentional given that Eadlyn didn't want any part of this. The book doesn't kick into gear until the last 6 pages and ends in a disappointing cliff hanger with Eadlyn deciding she finally needs to get stuff done. I could sharpen my nails on so much more stuff, but really, what's the point? This book has nothing of substance, is a step down from the original trilogy, and is longer than it should be. If you have any positive memories from The Selection, perhaps ignore the spin off duology and keep The Selection in your heart as the trilogy it was originally written to be.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it Great Series. One of the best historical fiction books i've read.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Funny for sure and the connection to the first series was undeniable. If you read the first three books, I suggest continuing, but not as good as the original.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved! I loved this book from front to back and how it ties in with her parents story.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES So many people were let down with this book and that is because they expected America, but her daughter isn't her. I enjoyed this and while I don't think that it was as good as the selection, I still love this. I love seeing Maxon and America together finally as a couple and married.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay. I bought this book as soon as it came out and I'm not sure if I should have. Its not as good as the first series, in fact, its so similar that it feels a little cheesy. Also, Eadlyn keeps getting on my nerves - she's so annoying!! The only thing I liked was the fact that the main characters from the first three books are still in it.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Should've ended with "The One" I feel like this book is a little redundant. The ending of The One was great. This book sort of brought the series down a bit. I did not like the heroine, I expected a better princess raised by America and Maxon. But it was nice to see how things went for the two of them after The One...that's pretty much the only reason I finished the book.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So disappointing I was the biggest fan of the selection trilogy i would carry it around everywhere and keep rereading it i love it!! Most people say America was annoying but i don't get annoyed that easily and never thought she was bad at all. This main character however was AWFUL! It's just so obvious that the character was made to be THE WORST so that there could be strong character development, but all it was for me was annoying and painful to read. I hated reading this book especially when i reread it to read the crown. Not only does the main character have the worst personality, but her parents (aka main characters of the previous trilogy) have ZERO personality! I hated this book and was so disappointed that i did.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read!!! It's so rare you read books where characters reappear twenty years later and you get to see what became of them. This book follows Prince Maxton and America's daughter as she goes through her own selection. It was so cool to see the kingdom and characters from the first three books reappear and hear all about their lives between books
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still a good read It's not as good as the first few new novels of the series but Kiera Cass still penned a good book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looove I love other character's perspective. And I love the fact that America's children are not what I expected them to be. They change throughout the book but it was nice that they weren't so predictable.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from eh not as good as the selection, which was already mediocre to begin with. America and Maxon became very bland and uninteresting.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An overall okay book This book was alright in my opinion. Sometimes I really enjoyed Eadlyn's attitude but other times...let me tell you I wasn't having it at all. It is noticable though she is often misunderstood and she knows what she wants and doesn't apologise for it. I respect someone who knows what they want (although this depends on the context but yeah.) Though I'm not going to sugar coat it but Eadlyn is spoiled and needs to become more empathetic, at least that is my opinion. Also America and Maxon annoyed me during this book. I can understand they are trying to look out for their daughter but really, are you really trying to look out for her? Think about it. I do have to comment Eadlyn was a refreshing character though it got borderline ridiculous when she could not stop complaining about her life.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay. I really thought Maxon and Americas daughter would have been a well rounded individual, but she's a snob! It gets better though.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice I enjoyed this continuation. It nice to read The Selection from another perspective where instead of the prince looking for a princess, it's the princess looking for a prince. Personally, I prefer America and Maxon's love story more. There was more love in the air but this love story was great too. However Eadlyn, the princess can be like any teenage girl which at times can be annoying but overall a great book!
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I loved the way the selection series continued, very interesting read
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It grew on me... When I started this book I wasn't too sure of it. It reminded me of the book Extras in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. Honestly, I even debated putting it down. But once I got past the beginning and less annoyed with the main character, it started to grow on me. The boys in the selection being one of my biggest reasons for staying. Plus I also want to see how Illea will continue to change from The One to The Crown. We will see how the first Queen will rule! Also, I'm cheering for a boy not even in the selection... oops!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from NOT TO BAD I LOVE THE FIRST 3 BUT THIS BOOK ISNT TOO BAD
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ummm... So I wasn't sure about this book at first, but it grew on me
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was a decently good read This book kept me on my toes that's for sure. I loved a lot of things about this book, but there were things I didn't quite enjoy all that much. The things I loved included the premise of the storyline, along with a lot of the characters. The things I loved about the storyline would have to be the whole changing the rules and having a girl to be the ruler or Illea. I liked that it was mentioned that Maxon and America immediately changed the rule so their first born could not be deprived of her ruling. I also liked how much Illea had changed since The One to The Heir. Also it was interesting to see The Selection through the eyes of the chooser rather than the participate.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it What a great book. Could not get enough.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as great as the original The first book of the original series was great and things kept going downhill from there, including this book
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from did not mee t my expectations i didnt really connect with the protagonist but the story was still good. old characters come back and the nostalgia hits you hard.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! It was a great read! I did not like it as much as the first 3 books but still good!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Not as good as the first but still brilliant!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Way to keep it going! I wasn't sure how Cass was going to keep this series going after the 3rd books ending. Not gonna lie there wasn't much plot in this book, but i just couldn't put it down! This book was kind of a running of the bachelorette. I loved all the boys and I didn't want Eadlyn to have to let any of them go because I love them all!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I like it... I think this book is better than other Selection books because it keeps you guessing.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very disappointing I found this book lacked the depth of the others before it in the series. I kept reading thinking it would get better, but then it ended. I won't be continuing with this series, which is too bad, it started so well!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Even better than the original Selection! I feel like I may have enjoyed this book even more than the first generation of the Selection in the first three books. First, you get to read more about some of the favourite characters that were introduced in that first cycle. You get to read of their children, where they ended up, etc. Also, I feel like within this cycle of the Selection, I have narrowed it down between two men. There is the obvious one, who I wouldn't be surprised in the least if he wins. But there is a secondary one who I will be surprised if he wins, and I feel like I will be a little saddened when/if he goes home. The main character of Eadlyn, I am not so sure about. In moments, I really like her character and I can sense/read of all the difficulties she's facing and the hard decisions/responsibilities that come along with that. However, at moments, she can come across as spoiled, entitled, bratty, and immature. But then again, she IS only 18 with a lot of responsibility hanging over her head. The ending left with a big cliffhanger that I actually can't predict what the outcome will be. Part of me thinks there will be a death (not trying to give away too much here) in order for major character development to occur. But then again, part of me thinks now that Eadlyn has faced this dramatic event and questioned what she has to lose, it may have that character development as an outcome anyway. Either way, I'm looking forward to reading about what comes next!
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Horrible protagonist I couldn't stand the protagonist..... way too simple-minded, conceited and flat
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A disappointment I just loved The Selection Serie's other books but in this one the character of Eadlyn, the princess, was just soooo anoying I almost put the book down!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Horrible I loved the first three books but this was just bad. The "Princess" is a spoiled brat and I had to put the book down and walk away too many because the character is just so ridiculous.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this series! I just bought the last two books of the series, The Heir and The Crown because I want to know America and Maxon's daughter's story. I bet it's gonna be great just like the first three books! :))) So excited to read these over the Christmas break!
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I loved this as a continuation series and thought the plot was great. However, I was not the biggest fan of some of the characters
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it favourite of the series so far
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! I did not enjoy the main character at the beginning of the novel, but her and the plot get better over the course of the book. I would still recommend reading this is you loved the selection series
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the others from the series... I didn't care for the main character as much as I did in the other books of the series, but it does get a bit better in the next one at least.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from bad The 'Princess' is a spoiled brat who thinks she the 'most powerful' woman in the world, cough*The Queen*cough and is obnoxious and makes me feel like I'm gonna barf.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from EXTREMELY TERRIBLY HORRIFICALLY NASTILY BAD unrealistic and ruined the selection series. loved when they threw tomatoes at eadlyn. her royal spoiled princess is obnoxious and evil
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good The book overall was alright. Personally I feel it cannot live up to its predecessors as those books and its story was absolutely incredible. I felt that it took me a while to connect to the main character which is totally okay as I like challenging and difficult characters. The character development in the protagonist is nice to see and it is clear she will become a strong woman fit for the crown (hopefully). The book was well written and interesting to read for the most part.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was really great! I read this a little while ago and really loved the story. I could really connect with the characters.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book was good but not great. The last three books were mich better.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay... I felt that this book was too overhyped. I was expecting more... There were definitely good elements in it, but I was just disappointed finding out it wasn't as good as the first 3.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first 3... If I'm being totally honest, I did not enjoy Eadlyn's story half as much as America's. Where America is kind and open to the possibility of finding love through the Selection process, Eadlyn is closed and cold towards everything and everyone. Her story didn't fill me wit nearly as much joy. However it was still very well written and interesting to read.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous book Bought this in the store because the cover is pretty. I found out it's a lot more for teenagers but I got into it. It's well done and unique. Everybody can like this book.
Date published: 2016-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome I started reading two weeks ago and now I'm on the 4 its soo awesome and amazing with a rite amount of romance.
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you love a sappy tale of love... Then you'll enjoy all of the books written in this series. I do prefer the main books to this series, then the next generation.
Date published: 2015-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!!! Best book ever i know how the main character feels learning how to let your guard aroung you heart down ang give true love a chance
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The heir An amazing sequel to a great trilogy. Kiera cass is a spectacuar writer that ket me interested and ready for the next book with questions that i cant wait to be answered
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! This book series is by far my favorite group of books I have ever read!I started reading the selection and couldnt put it down for hours
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The heir It was fantastic can't wait for the next book in the series! It was a Great way to continue the series, I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bittersweet I love Eadlyn. She's so powerful and shes trying to find her place in the world. I have to say I cried at the end though. America please dont die!
Date published: 2015-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected Or Hoped For When the book started I was very disappointed where it started; how could so much be missed! I was looking forward to see how America handled that new life. Things got better and was happy that the story took off with their daughter; reading the difference between her selection and her parents got me hooked. All too soon it ended .. Wishing for more!!!
Date published: 2015-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5 Stars Okay, where’s book 5? Seriously, I devoured this book and I’m ready for more! Do I really have to wait another whole year?! How can it even end like that? That should be illegal considering the first 3 books! Okay, a review now. But how? I’m so in love with this series. Kiera Cass is an amazing storyteller. She just has a way of completely captivating me. I just can’t put her books down and I read them faster than normal. I can’t wait to read more! Okay, so a kind of disappointing factor would be the characters. Eadlyn is an unlikable character. I’m pretty sure it’s on purpose, but it still irked me. She acts like a spoiled brat most of the time. And when she’s not acting like a spoiled brat, she’s on some kind of power trip. This is not the type of girl you want as your Queen. I’m glad they made her do the Selection so that potentially someone else can help her rule (and maybe change her attitude). However, her snarkiness can be quite hilarious at times (like when she first meets the boys). She does get better throughout the book and we see softer sides to get and learn that she just puts up that hard front because she’s afraid to let anyone in. But still. I feel like we didn’t get to know a lot of the boys very well. Even the boys we did learn more about and that Eadlyn sees more often, I feel like we still don’t really KNOW them as well as we should after an entire novel. I understand that it’s difficult considering the ratio of boys to pages, but I wish we could have seen more! I suppose we will in the fifth book, though. Is the fifth the final book? I hope not. I could keep reading this series forever! I was also disappointed with the lack of romance in this book. Considering just how romance-heavy the first 3 books were, I expected this one to be similar. Not the case. I realize that this is because of the personality of Eadlyn, as she is pretty much against falling in love because she refuses to be vulnerable. But I love romance! I look forward to seeing more romance in the fifth book. Also, these covers are all gorgeous!
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm crying So, I loved the first three books with a Abassids. Got through them in about two days or so. This book is just the thing you need if you didn't want the story to end. It's similar to the first book but now in the perspective of the chooser to help the throne. The fifth book just needs to come out. Soon. TT_TT
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ohmigoshhhhh This book was well worth the wait and kept me on edge because you never knew what would happen. It felt so real that it made me feel genuine surprise, excitement and shock. I can't wait for the next book.
Date published: 2015-05-06

Editorial Reviews

“A cross between The Hunger Games (minus the bloodsport) and The Bachelor (minus the bloodsport), this trilogy launch is a lot of fun. Cass deftly builds the chemistry between America and Maxon, while stroking the embers of America’s first, forbidden love.”