“I’m not sure if fate or destiny is real. But I can tell you that sometimes the very thing you’ve been hoping for will walk through the door, determined to fend you off. And still, somehow, you will find that you are enough.”
I know that though I was satisfied with America’s ending, I wished that I could know more about her and Maxon’s future. Like yeah sure, they fell in love in a ridiculous royal game show, but would they last? Luckily, Cass read my mind and told me all the answers.
“I think you’re mistaking comfort for joy.”
America and Maxon stayed in love, which is a relief because I think I would have cried for weeks if they hadn’t. In addition to that, they had four children: twins Eadlyn and Ahren, Kaden, and Osten. Even so, Illéa (their country) was not in piece, and even by dissolving the caste system, King Maxon did not achieve peace. So, Princess Eadlyn, heir (get the title name now?) to the throne, has to learn how to make peace and wait… she has to fall in love, too? Well, yes, to distract the kingdom, her father suggests yet another Selection, the first with a woman at the center.
“There are some things you don’t learn about yourself until you let someone else into the most intimate parts of your heart.”
First off, Eadlyn reminds me of me a bit. Not really the fact that she’s waited on hand and foot at all hours of the day, but that she’s absolutely terrified of the future. She has a bright one ahead of her (being the first ever queen of her country), and I would like to think that I do as well. Yet, sometimes the pressure overwhelms her, and she has to take a step back (which trust me, I do too). As well, she sees romantic love as something not made for her, and at this point, I totally agree with her. Some of her inner-thoughts were actually things that I’ve said to myself as well (something to the extent of being a strong, independent woman who don’t need no man).
“Love did nothing but break down defenses, and I could not afford that.”
In relation to Eadlyn, I really related to her relationship to her mother, America, as well. Though the pair fought and disagreed over certain issues, there was never a question of whether or not they loved each other. I think that it’s really important to be able to fight with someone because it means that you have a close enough relationship that you know you will always come back.
“It’s not something you can figure out on paper. Some people are just meant to be together.”
Also, I just adore Cass’s writing style. It’s quick and witty and intelligent all at the same time, and I always find a way to deeply relate to what she’s saying. The amount of words I highlight in her novels greatly surpasses that of any other material I read. It’s for one simple reason: Cass knows how to make you think, and she does it extraordinarily well.
“I’m not sure anyone knows what they’re looking for until they find it.”
Most of all, though, I loved seeing America and Maxon’s full love story. They were no longer carefree children with excited glimmers of a brighter future with Maxon at the head of the country. They dealt with political problems, they had four children, and yet, somehow, someway, they were completely in love with one another. At the end of the novel a possible tragedy occurs (I won’t say what), but within it, I’ll admit that I shed a tear at the beauty of their shared life. What I enjoyed even more was seeing Eadlyn realize the beauty of what their parents had. That was not a bit short of magical.
“I kept thinking that I couldn’t live my life for other people, that love was nothing but chains. And maybe it was, but so help me, I needed those chains.”
Eadlyn Schreave is the definition of a dynamic character, and watching her grow and come into her own was amazing in The Heir. With a promised final book set in Illéa, Kiera Cass has most definitely won my heart, every single bit of it. Happy kommenting :)