A rushed ro­mance

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WE may have moved on from the days when women were ex­pected to find ful­fil­ment only in their du­ties as wife and mother, but there’s still that de­sire, some­where deep ( or maybe not so deep for some) in some fe­male hearts, to be no­ticed by that hand­some prince ( celebrity, bil­lion­aire or other rich, suc­cess­ful male of your choice) and cho­sen as his one true love.

How else can you ac­count for the suc­cess of re­al­ity shows like The Bach­e­lor ( 21 sea­sons and count­ing) and The Ba­c­holerette ( 12 sea­sons and count­ing)? Or in­deed, The Se­lec­tion se­ries by Kiera Cass, clearly in­spired by those shows, but set in a dystopian fu­ture?

This Young Adult ( YA) se­ries has evolved from a tril­ogy fea­tur­ing Amer­ica Singer as one of sev­eral girls cho­sen via lot­tery from around Il­lea, the fu­ture monar­chi­cal ver­sion of Amer­ica, to vie for the hand of Prince Maxon, into a five- book se­ries, plus one col­lec­tion of novel­las about sup­port­ing char­ac­ters in the se­ries.

The last two books form a duol­ogy that fea­tures Princess Ead­lyn Sh­reave, eldest child of Amer­ica and Maxon, now the rulers of Il­lea.

The heir to the throne is forced to un­dergo her own Se­lec­tion in a kind of com­bi­na­tion pub­lic re­la­tions stunt and dis­trac­tion for the masses, who are hav­ing prob­lems adapt­ing to the now- caste­less so­ci­ety.

The first book in the duol­ogy, The Heir, ends in a ma­jor cliffhanger ( Warn­ing: Up­com­ing spoiler alert!), with Ead­lyn’s younger twin brother and her best friend, Ahren, elop­ing with his beloved, French heir to the throne, Princess Camille, and Queen Amer­ica hav­ing a sud­den heart at­tack,

In this se­quel, Ead­lyn has to deal with the fall­out of her mother’s con­di­tion, as well as take over her fa­ther’s du­ties, as he is too wor­ried about his wife to leave her bed­side.

As a side note, I’m all for true love, but doesn’t be­ing a king mean hav­ing to think about more than just your­self? Maxon loses points in my book by be­ing wrapped up in Amer­ica to the ex­clu­sion of every­thing else.

Ead­lyn also has to com­plete her Se­lec­tion to win back pub­lic opin­ion, which isn’t in her favour.

I can’t say I blame the Il­lean pub­lic ei­ther, as Ead­lyn is en­tirely too self- cen­tred and

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