Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Book Review: The Last Princess, by Galaxy Craze


Craze, Galaxy. The Last Princess. 295 p. 2012. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Hardcover $17.99. ISBN 9780316185486.

This books combines two things that are WHITE HOT right now:

a post-apocalyptic future

In the end all shall be still and silent
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...AND...

the British royal family

Will&Kate
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Seriously. Seriously. How awesome is that?! Talk about high concept.

So when I picked up The Last Princess, thinking I'd just browse a few pages, I found that I absolutely could not put it down. Luckily for me, it's a quick read! The first two-thirds of the book are seriously edge-of-your-seat exciting-- a crazy roller-coaster ride in a futuristic Great Britain that has been ravaged and isolated from the rest of the world by an environmental disaster. As the nation falters in the aftermath, a sinister plot against the royal family comes to fruition and young Princess Eliza finds herself on the run, infiltrating enemy territory with her sights set on one goal: revenge.

It's really suspenseful.

The action slows down a little bit in the last third of the book, but is still definitely engaging and enjoyable, with an appealing romance amidst suspense, and a satisfying conclusion that wraps up the story nicely, yet leaves the door open for a sequel.

The author includes some details that will please Anglophiles-- the royal family's children all have family names, such as Elizabeth, Mary, and James, for example. On the other hand, there are a few inconsistencies. One thing that snapped me out of the story is that the main character does a lot of "interstate" travel... in Great Britain. Granted, in my frenzied reading of the first few chapters, I might have missed some kind of futuristic explanation about why there are interstate highways in a place with no states. But... I'm not too sure about that.

Another thing that gave me pause was a mention of "Princess Kate." It was an aww-worthy moment, but assuming this is the distant future, wouldn't the Duchess of Cambridge have eventually become Queen, or Queen Consort? Admittedly, my knowledge of the way titles work in the British monarchy is a bit fuzzy, so I'd love to hear any experts weigh in.

Still, these minor nitpicks didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. I didn't go into it with significant expectations-- I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was hoping for a diverting, compelling read. And this one definitely delivered! I had a great time reading it, and will look forward to the sequel.

The Last Princess hits bookstore shelves today, and I recommend checking it out.

6 comments:

  1. Princess Kate will always be a princess. Queen Elizabeth's husband is a prince. :)

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    1. Sometimes I think British titles are just arbitrary! Like they make it up as they go along.

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  2. How have I not read this yet?!?

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    1. I think you might like it! I can't quite tell if it would be your cup of tea... must discuss further in person. :)

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  3. I think if Charles becomes king and gives William the Wales title he could also bestow a princess title on Kate. Though like with Diana, it would technically be Catherine, Princess of Wales rather than Princess Catherine. Pretty sure that if Wills becomes king though, Kate gets to be Queen because it's misogynistic like that.

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    1. That's my impression too. And yes, "Princess Kate" sounded wrong- like you said, it's "Catherine, Princess of Wales." Only women born into royalty are called Princess So-and-so, right? I think this is a case of AMERICAN AUTHOR.

      But this was still a seriously fun read. I pretty much devoured this book, and even the things I'm nitpicking are kind of FUN to nitpick, if that makes sense.

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