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Thirty young women. A handsome prince. A battle to the death.

Water is scarce. Deserts have taken over the land. Nuclear war has devastated humanity. Humans live in walled super cities to keep out the irradiated. The land that was formerly known as America is divided into kingdoms ruled by royal elites. 

Born into the lowest Echelon of the Kingdom of Phangloria, 16-year-old Zea Calico faces a life of hunger, thirst, and toil. The only way out of this drudgery is revolution, and Zea is desperate to help the cause. 

When the palace calls for candidates to compete to marry Prince Kevon, Zea joins the Princess Trials to search the palace for weaknesses. 

The trials should be a fairytale of sumptuous meals, ballgowns, and romance, but one misplaced word causes Zea to attract the Prince’s attention. When Zea uncovers the man beneath Prince Kevon’s public facade, she is at risk of falling in love and losing sight of her mission. 

But the televised beauty pageant turns deadly, and Zea must fight for survival. 

Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and The Selection, this exciting tale of courage, intrigue, and betrayal will have you listening for hours.

©2020 Cordelia Castel (P)2020 Cordelia Castel

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A blend of the Selection and the Hunger Games

If you like both The Hunger Games and The Selection, but favor The hunger Games, this book is 100% for you! The book is clean with pretty much nonexistent swear words, no physical intimacy, a ton of action, and plot twists that keep you guessing! I thought the narrator was okay. But she wasn't my favorite. I really did enjoy this book and will get the next one.

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I really wish there was more of the love story. It was basically, an afterthought and I didn't get near enough of the Prince. I hope the next book has more!

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Didn't think I would enjoy at first

This was so much like the selection in the first 10 chapters. After that the story started to remind me much of the red queen. Especially in the class system and the different sectors. But I like that it focused less on romance and more on this Zia's experiences during the selection. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

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A story with two left feet

The story is clumsy + at times, illogical, but Suspense + confusion carried me through to the end pleasantly enough to purchase book 2. A good read if your desperate for this kind of tale, otherwise it’s a pass.

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A Guilty Pleasure Read

The book was a fun guilty pleasure read. I had a lot of fun reading it, but there are some odd, cheesy scenes that were meant to be dramatic or romantic but were just funny to me. I got a kick out of ranting to my husband about the funny bits and the intricate plot line. I wouldn't say this is a great book, but if you want a fun, interesting read, then this is it!

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carbon copy of the sec election series

the main character follows the exact same storyline as america in Kiera Cass’s selection series. from her coming to the trials from a lower cast, to her delight over the good food and her need to go outside and get fresh air. the main characters friendship with the guard is also very similar to America’s relationship with Aspen the guard.

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Sooooo slow

I just can’t finish it. I’m 15 chapters in and I feel like this could have been set up in 1 chapter. I’m so sick of hearing about “her mission” and the inner dialog. I just want to get to the story line. It could’ve good but it’s just so bad.

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ok... I guess

This story takes 30 chapters to tell when It could have been done in 15. Zia's actions are very wishy and she swoons over a guy she was only with for the first chapter. It was painful to finish, but the bare bones of the story is good and so you suffer through to see if it goes like you hope it will.

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Narrator is not the best

Don’t like the narrator. She’s lacking in delivery and emotions. And her voice and delivery doesn’t fit the character that gets portrayed in the story.

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Action packed but lacks the love story

I wish there was more of a love story. The book is action packed in the second half. The reader is great.

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I love a good rebel story!

I’ll be honest, I almost didn’t get through the first chapter. I wasn’t a fan of the narrator and the story didn’t have an epic attention-grabbing beginning. It’s a lot like the Selection series (which I don’t mind because I loved that series), but it has its own twist to it. Once I got past the first chapter, however, the story started to reel me in. And once I started to enjoy the story, I started to enjoy the narrator too. The book goes back and forth between predictable and unpredictable (I love variety!), though I wish the author had ended the book with a bang to get us excited for the next one. Either way, I can’t wait to keep reading!