I guess I was in the mood for something romantic, because Eadlyn and I just clicked. Eadlyn is the 18-year-old daughter of Maxon and America, the King and Queen of Illea. Eadlyn will be the queen someday, the first female ruler, since she was the first born child -- beating her twin brother out by seven minutes.
The caste system is gone, but there is still much strife in parts of the country, so to relieve tension, they have decided that Eadlyn will hold a Selection to choose her mate. She is not happy about it and has no intention of actually finding a husband, but she agrees to play along for three months.
The rest of the story follows as expected,similar to The Selection, but with various dramas that made it different enough. Eadlyn is not very nice and at times unlikeable. She has a hard time pretending and therefore gets herself into some difficult spots.
Eadlyn does learn about herself and more about what it takes to be a ruler as the story progresses, but she's very much a work in progress. This is only the first book of Eadlyn's story, so don't expect a decision, but I'm looking forward to the next book, especially given the change in Eadlyn at the very end of The Heir. The fifth and final book, The Crown, will be published in May. I don't even need to push these to my students -- they love this series.
Published by HarperTeen 2015
Copy obtained from the library
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