By Kiera Cass
The royal palace is far from ordinary, with magnificent curtains adorning the abundant windows, and rooms upon rooms to explore. The palace also includes a rebel security system, which is no longer needed due to the peaceful rule of King Maxon. This security system contains many hidden safe rooms, from small ones in the hallways to the large safe room below the first floor for the royal family and their guests. Each bedroom has an entrance to this underground sanctuary, plus automatic locks on the panels used to enter. Not only are the interior decorations priceless and picturesque, but the decor for holidays and special events always have guests in awe. The palace is truly a picture from a fairy tale.
Stubborn, independent, and intimidating are the three main traits that describe Eadlyn. She believes that women are the more dominant gender, yet her house still gets filled with 35 men who all adore her. Eadlyn grows a lot during the course of the book. She starts very single-minded, but ends up confused to where she stands. The press and her citizens seem to hate her, yet these boys have her vulnerable side exposed.
Ahren is Eadlyn's loving, caring, and intelligent twin brother. He always seems to know what advice to give when Eadlyn is troubled. Ahren's only weakness is his love for Camille, the heir to the french throne. She's the center of his world, and he's willling to give up everything for her, even if it means leaving his family behind.
Kile is the son of Marlee and Carter Woodwork. Marlee was America's best friend during her Selection, which results in the family living at the palace. Even though Eadlyn and Kile grew up together, Eadlyn finds him obnoxious and childish. Against his will, Kile ends up in The Selection, and soon reveals his true self to Eadlyn. He dreams of being an architect, and actually is quite easy to talk to. Eadlyn doesn't realize she's falling for him until its too late.
"I'm Eadlyn Schreave and no one is more powerful than me." -Eadlyn Schreave
Eadlyn knows that she will rule the country one day, and she wants to be ready. Saying this into the mirror each and every morning gives confidence in what she can accomplish. The downside is is causes her to have a big head.
"You can be brave and still be feminine. You can lead and still love flowers. Most importantly, you can be queen and still be a bride." -Eadlyn Schreave
This statement is what starts to show Eadlyn's vulnerable side. Yes she may be posing for the camera in the moment, but Eadlyn's mind shows that it was far to easy for these words to come out of her mouth.
"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 these chains." -Ahren Schreave
Ahren Schreave is completely in love, and this passion is what shows Eadlyn that she needs this feeling in her life. Ahren understands the sacrifice and value in love, and this is what gives him motivation.
"There are some things you don't learn about yourself until you let someone else into the most intimate place of your heart." -Eadlyn Schreave
These boys are driving Eadlyn into places of her heart she's never been before. She's uncovered her flaws that she never saw evident, and it's shaking the foundation she's built herself on.
"When you know who matters to you, giving things up, even yourself, doesn't really feel like a sacrifice." -Ahren Schreave
Ahren may love his family, but Camille comes first. He continues attempting to show what he's discovered to Eadlyn, but her ears are plugged.
"I only have one heart, and I'm saving it." -Eadlyn Schreave
This may sound like an excuse, but Eadlyn truly hasn't found that spark her parents and Ahren have found. That's okay, because she has time to grow up at her own pace, whether or not Illéa is ready.
Connection to Music
"You've got that kind of look in your eyes as is no one knows anything but us."
When Camille comes to visit Eadlyn watches the way she interacts with Ahren. She notices how when they look at each other they seem to be transported to another world, and that causes her to be overwhelmed with jealousy. Eadlyn aches to have the lumiére, or light, they have found.
"Cause all that you are is all that I'll ever need."
Ahren has found a partner who he's willing to sacrifice the life he has for. Once married to Camille he will become the heir to the throne of France. This means he will leave behind Illéa for good. Yes, he will visit, but there will no longer be the same connection between him and his siblings and parents.