by Galaxy Craze
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Poppy (May 1, 2012)
Audiobook Publisher: Hachette Audio
by Galaxy Craze
Narrated by Leslie Bellair
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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.
At a Glance:
Although there were many things throughout the book that I found just too unbelievable, I still really enjoyed reading/listening to The Last Princess. It is full of non-stop action, quite a few surprisingly horrific scenes of violence, and a romance that is full of the kind of tension I love.
I really liked this audio a lot. I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a British accent, and I thought Leslie's voice was kind-of perfect for this role. I'm not an expert on British accents, but I thought that her accent sounded very proper, like someone who was royalty, which Eliza is. Leslie did a good job with all the characters, making each voice a little different to make them distinguishable. Brilliant! You can listen to a sample here.
A British Dystopian?
This is, I think, the first Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic (though it might be categorized as a Dystopian in the making instead of a true Dystopian) that I've read that doesn't take place in North America. I absolutely loved the setting. I have a completely unrealistic and romanticized view of Britain (I should probably never actually visit there, my dreams will be squashed), so I ate up every last detail of where this book took place. It was even more fascinating that this place I fantasize of was partially destroyed, and recovering from a horrific natural disaster. That may sound morbid, but I'm also slightly obsessed with Post-Apocalyptic stories, so you can see how the two things combined would be right up my alley.
When I first started reading this, it almost had a sweet feel to it, so you can imagine my surprise when Eliza was suddenly face-to-face with man-eating criminals, holding body organs dripping with blood. Yeah, this book doesn't hold back on the violence.
The Hero, The Heroine, The Romance:
I definitely liked all three of the above. He was mysterious and protective and exciting. He kind of reminded me of Four from Divergent, or Adam from Shatter Me. You know something isn't right about him, but you can't help falling for him anyway, and of course, neither can Eliza. Eliza was seriously tough. You might think that, being a princess, she would be dainty and weak, but this world she's grown up in is harsh. She's seen her mother die in front of her eyes, and she's had to be the protector for her little brother. If she steps too far away from her home, cannibals are waiting to eat her for lunch. She's definitely not afraid of a fight. The romance was full of tension, excitement, and constant questioning. It was very well done.
So What's the Downside?
The downside, for me, was believability and predictability. Even in these crazy post-apocalyptic scenarios, there needs to be an anchor. Something that makes the reader believe that this could actually happen. This is where The Last Princess fell short for me. I had so many eyebrow raises, forehead crinkles, and "Yeah, I don't think so..." moments while reading it. Too many things were just too far-fetched, and as the book went on, more and more of these moments popped up. I finally got to the point where I told myself to just think of this book as a futuristic fairy tale. Like a Disney Princess movie, only set in the future.......with cannibals. There were even times where the animals seemed to be sensing, guiding, or otherwise helping Eliza in her quest. Honestly, once I decided to treat it as a futuristic fairy tale, I could let the unbelievable go, and just enjoy the book, though I would say that, and some of the easily-spotted twists, made this one go into the "Good not Great" category.
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- Profanity: Minor
- Sexual Content: Mild*
- Violence: Heavy
- Other Notables: Small amount of religious questioning