In A Gentle Tyranny by Jess Corban, with men safely 'gentled' in a worldwide Liberation, the matriarchy of Nede has risen from the ashes. Seventeen-year-old Reina Pierce has never given a thought to the Brutes of old. Itching to escape her mother's finca and keeping her training for the Alexia and her forbidden friendship a secret, her greatest worry is which Destiny she'll choose on her next birthday. But when she's selected as a candidate for the Succession instead, competing to become Nede's ninth Matriarch, she discovers their Eden has come at a cost she's not sure she's willing to pay. Paperback edition.