The Last Princess (The Last Princess #1) by Galaxy Craze
295 Pages (Hardcover)
May 1, 2012
Happily ever after is a thing of the past.
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 love-once more.
Now she must risk everything to ensure that she does not become . . .
The Last Princess.
I love a good dystopian/post apocalyptic story... but I have to say, most, if not all of these types of stories that I read take place in the US (or what's left of it). It was interesting to see the action take place somewhere else, in Great Britain specifically (because I mostly think in a British accent anyway).
I know I'll do a bad job of summary, so read the summary above which does a really good job of describing the book. Although the plot was intriguing, there was something that just wasn't clicking for me. For one, the time aspect was just so skewed. The novel is supposed to take place in the future, but the language and lack of technology (albeit destroyed) made it seem to be happening in the past. Also, there seemed to be a huge disconnect between the main character's life and the rest of the world. I get that she is royalty, but it is impossible that her position would be able to save her from the apocalypse. It just didn't make sense. I also wish that the story went more into how London became in such ruin.
That being said, there were plenty of redeeming qualities in the novel. I was not meshing completely with the main character, but I really appreciated all the supporting roles. I was rooting for Eliza's siblings the whole time. Although a few characters freaked me out and made me cringe (another thing: some scenes are graphic), I loved when they appeared in the pages because they were interesting and unpredictable. Also, there was a great amount of action. Fast-paced, intense, grossly graphic action, which is sometimes just what you were craving (because we're all partly sadists deep down).
So should you pick it up? If the plot and action interest you, I'd say go for it... just try to leave your attachments to realism behind.