In American Royals, bestselling author Katharine McGee asked us to imagine an America where instead of becoming president George Washington became king, and his descendants held the throne for 250 years. Now, in its sequel, Majesty, McGee asks us to imagine what would happen the first time a female leader took the helm. 

There’s a reason we picked American Royals as the first pick for our Official Future Female Leaders Book Club. It’s the kind of book you can’t put down, but also one that inspires you to reflect on the country we think we know so well. 

Spoilers ahead for the first book in the series, though I promise it is worth an exhilarating read even if you know the final page. 

Princess Beatrice no longer. With the death of her father, Beatrice is queen. She is the first female leader of a nation that has been led by twelve men before her, and while the first book was filled with the drama of being an heir and trying to follow your heart, in Majesty, it is time to make a decision. Being queen is a series of endless decisions, it seems, and while there is the drama and human tension we love to read about in this novel, there is also a bigger question at hand: Is America ready for a female leader? 

You’ll get your answer in this book, and McGee allows us not only to indulge our own “castle envy” and imagine this familiar but very unique America but also to step into Beatrice’s shoes and experience her life as the first female ruler of a nation. Inspired by historical precedence, modern issues, and the drive of the character, McGee creates a compelling narrative for Beatrice that is both boys romance and ruling. Beatrice is allowed to have a full life in this novel, to come into her own, and to find out what kind of ruler she will be, if that’s a ruler at all. 

If you loved American Royals, you are no doubt craving to know how this story ends. When Majesty comes to an end, you’ll know who is on the throne, who ends up with who, and you’ll know whether this America was ready for a female leader, and if she was ready for ruling herself. 

While there are obvious parallels between this trajectory and the United States’ own lack of female president,  there is something different that young readers will enjoy. Beatrice isn’t a Hillary Clinton type. She’s not even a Nikki Haley, or a Condi Rice, or a Carly Fiorina. She’s young–just 21 when the series begins–and that brings about a new kind of narrative. We say our presidents must be 35. Why? What other qualifications to be leader are spoken, or unspoken? A driving force behind some of the subplots of the first book were the need for Beatrice to be married, to have a king consort, to be taken seriously. This book explores that further, providing not only some sensational drama but also some thought provoking questions for young politicos. 

No matter who you’re voting for this fall you’ll be intrigued by this alternative United States and its exploration into female leadership, and we’ll be here to scream about those “OMG” moments right alongside you.

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member