The Beautiful Ones are not what they seem
by Kody Boye
This is a running theme within The Beautiful Ones trilogy, and a theme that I feel separates the series from more opulent comparisons such as The Selection by Kiera Cass. In The Beautiful Ones, our main character, Kelendra Byron, believes that, by becoming a Beautiful One, she will escape poverty, and life as she knows it. While that is true in one sense, in another, it is completely wrong.
Beautiful Ones, who are chosen from outlying territories within the Great South, are chosen for only one reason: to create an exceptionally-beautiful gene pool, which encompasses not only the most beautiful of women, but the most intelligent of men from the capital city. While this is detailed more extensively in book 2, The War Outside, the first book in The Beautiful Ones trilogy describes a distrust of men by the Countess—and, as a result, a willingness to expend them over the women she feels can be the “future” of “her country.”
Though Kelendra Byron is not aware of her impending circumstance before the annual Procession begins shortly after her sixteenth birthday, she will soon come to find that things are not what they seem.
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The Beautiful Ones is now available for free in eBook format, and for purchase in paperback and in Audible Audio. Its sequel, The War Outside, is available on Amazon.com and Kindle Unlimited. A third book will follow in late 2019 or early 2020.
The Beautiful Ones
The Beautiful Ones Trilogy Book 1
My mother once said that only the Beautiful Ones survive. This is because, in the war-torn Great South, beauty is a currency, and to have it means you will never have to worry about a thing.
The only problem is: beauty is judged by our capital’s Gentlewomen, and there is no guarantee that we will past their test.
Every year, the Gentlewomen of the capital leave the Glittering City to oversee the annual Procession. They travel settlement to settlement selecting girls, aged sixteen and older, to become Beautiful Ones. If chosen, we will be lifted into a life of luxury, but the cost is our free will.
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I have accomplished the goal of my lifetime. I have become a Beautiful One.
But it is not at all what I expected. Between the glitz, the glam, the fame, fortune, and my recent wedding, it’s almost impossible to believe that a civil war rages beyond the capitol city’s walls, and that my life was nearly taken because of it. This is why, the day after the attempt on my life, I choose to designate my Purpose to the great war.
There’s no guarantee that my words will change anything. But as my presence within the Glittering City grows, it becomes quickly apparent that I am in danger… and that no one, not even my government, can save me.
Born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, Kody Boye began his writing career with the publication of his story [A] Prom Queen’s Revenge at the age of fourteen. Published nearly three-dozen times before going independent at eighteen, Boye has authored numerous works—including the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the epic fantasy series The Brotherhood Saga.
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