I liked that the premise was one that I hadn't seen before and that Eden had an idea of just how dire her situation was, even at the beginning of the novel. It seems that the heroine is usually going about life as normal, and are usually waiting for some sort of event/ceremony that takes place every year and that's when their plot really gets rolling. In Eden's case, if she doesn't mate by the time she is 18, she will die. And because she was born a "pearl" (really white, not albino, but close) her chances of being chosen are very slim. Throw in a bunch of science an a man turned into a beast and you are in for an interesting ride.