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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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  • Nia Bridges
  • 13-10-2020

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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  • Erica Elliott
  • 04-12-2020

Great Story that kept me hooked

If you like The selection,and The Hunger Games, and even Divergent, ten you will like this book. It has a main Character who is strong but also still needs help. She is beautiful but not overly so. And it has enough action and a bit of violence to keep it incredibly interesting!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-10-2020

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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