A series of natural disasters has decimated the earth. Cut off from the rest of the world, England is a dark place. The sun rarely shines, food is scarce, and groups of criminals roam the woods, searching for prey. The people are growing restless.
When a ruthless revolutionary sets out to overthrow the crown, he makes the royal family his first target. Blood is shed in Buckingham Palace, and only sixteen-year-old Princess Eliza manages to escape.
Determined to kill the man who destroyed her family, Eliza joins the enemy forces in disguise. She has nothing left to live for but revenge, until she meets someone who helps her remember how to hope—and to love—once more. Now she must risk everything to ensure that she not become… The Last Princess.
Let’s first all just stare at the cover. It’s even prettier in person. Who knew..destruction could be so pretty? I have to admit, The Last Princess is the sort of book I’d pick up simply based on the cover.
Shallowness aside, a postapocalyptic book involving princesses! What’s not to love? Eliza and her siblings live in a world that’s much different from what we know and love. Eliza knows life isn’t 100% perfect, but she’s content. She has food to eat, she’s fairly safe, despite her mother being murdered.
The world Craze has created is filled with cannibals, revolutionaries, and secrets. While it’s set in 2090, I feel it’s the sort of book that could have easily been timeless. At times I felt like it was set the past and not the future. I really enjoyed that aspect. The Last Princess had more of a Grimm fairy tale quality to me, that I really found fascinating.
The Last Princess is fast-paced, sometimes maybe a bit too much. Yet I was so into the book, I didn’t really even realize that until I finished it and thought back on what was happening. It’s the sort of book that sucked me in and kept me wondering what was to come. I never really grew to completely love the characters, it’s much more of a story-line driven book. That said, I do like them and can’t wait to find out what happens to them next.
My only real complaint was the Seventeen Days were such a big deal, yet they were never really explained further. It was obvious that they were filled with natural disasters, but no details. That aside, upon completing The Last Princess, I ordered Galaxy’s previous two books – Tiger, Tiger and By the Shore. I love her writing style and can’t wait to read these.
I received my copy of The Last Princessfrom the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion.