Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze

Title: The Last Princess
Author: Galaxy Craze
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 90% or A-
Buy It: Amazon

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.
My Thoughts::
At first I wasn't really wanting to read this book. I mean, it sounds like it's for me at first with the natural disasters decimating the earth and the terrible aftermath. But, oddly enough, I'm not a fan of princess things, so it turned me off of this book. But after thinking about it further I realized that the revolution that would ensue would be more impactful if done by a princess, so I was all in.

I think this is really realistic of what would happen almost everywhere if some huge devastation would occur. Just like in the past when food and resources were scare, we would look at whomever is in charge and accuse them of not helping their people. We would assume that they are just looking out for themselves and their families even though they are responsible for more.

Even though Eliza questions herself many times on whether or not she should kill the man who killed her family, I think she should. He is obviously doing worse than just killing her family and he needs to be stopped. It bothers me even more because he is obviously evil and obviously evil guys in books with male main characters are usually killed. I just wanted her to stop questioning herself.

She really came through for us in the end though in unexpected ways and rallied everyone together. That was really impressive and also realistic. People in the real world just can't continue fighting and risking their lives without some kind of inspiration. The other characters were almost equally impressive and I could tell how much they cared about Eliza and their cause. It was truly heartwarming at times.

Overall I think that this book was an excellent take on how a country with royalty would react to such a huge world shattering disaster. The characters were great, if not a little flip floppy and unsure of themselves in Eliza's case.

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