The Last Princess

The Last Princess

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 295 pages
  • 146 x 215 x 29mm | 404g
  • Poppy
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0316185485
  • 9780316185486
  • 791,317

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"A pulse-pounding, sobering look at human nature..." ""Booklist"""
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About Galaxy Craze

Galaxy Craze is the author of two novels, "Tiger, Tiger" and "By the Shore," which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and won the Betty Trask Award in her native England. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband and their two children and is currently working on a sequel to "The Last Princess," coming in spring 2013.
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6,192 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
5 26% (1,600)
4 28% (1,745)
3 28% (1,723)
2 12% (754)
1 6% (370)

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Although I read the synopsis, I didn't quite understand what THE LAST PRINCESS was actually about. I honestly thought it was a fantasy, though I have no idea why. I'm not a strong fan of fantasy books, but I wanted to read the story nonetheless. And was pleasantly surprised when I realized THE LAST PRINCESS is this girl's survival in a post-apocalyptic world. The verdict? I am really glad I gave THE LAST PRINCESS a shot. I am in love with the premise. I have always had love for all things English. My ancestry is strongly rooted in England (Wordsworth, yo!), and I have always been fascinated with the royal family. So when I realized that the main character Eliza is actually a future member of the Windsor family(with references to Queen Elizabeth and Princesses Diana and Kate), I was sold. In the future the world is nearly destroyed by what is referred to as "The Seventeen Days". During The Seventeen Days, the world is ravaged by tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions. The eruptions blocked the sun and covered the earth with ash. Virtually all plants and animals were wiped out. This of course causes a food shortage, basically all technology is brought to a halt. England is cut off from the rest of the world, they have no way of knowing if there are survivors in other countries. So, naturally, when you have starving citizens and a king who remains oblivious, you almost certainly end up with a revolution. But this revolution is headed up by an evil, power-hungry psychopath. After Eliza narrowly manages to escape capture and certain death, she is set on a journey to save herself, her family, and her country. Eliza's struggles were gripping. The author most certainly did not let her have the easy way out of the situations Eliza faced. I admired her struggle to continue ahead, no matter how frightened or injured she was. The story had many heartbreaking moments, I was shocked by the brutality of this scary new world. There were some insanely intense moments at the end. I'm fairly sure I held my breath for a full minute at one point. But ultimately, it was triumphant, complete with Eliza's very own "Braveheart" moment when she rallied the Resistance. The story seemed to pulled together and end nicely. I loved where it was headed and could have left it as a stand-alone. But I knew that a second book was planned for 2013, so I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. And although I would have been happy with the ending, I have to admit the setup for the next book was neat. Favorite Quote: "His skin smelled sweet and fresh, like water. I closed my eyes, pretending for a moment that this could last, that we could always be like this, together in the warmth of this tiny cottage in the middle of a poisoned forest." (pg. 158)show more
by Andrea Thompson
The Last Princess attempts to deliver a highly sophisticated blend of numerous elements; it's set in a futuristic world, but one that isn't so far off. Many of its features are remarkably familiar and it even has a somewhat Victorian feel. I've read one book that tried a similar strategy (Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel) in terms of setting, and while I enjoyed reading The Last Princess there were still a few shortfalls to the story. I'd also say that there seems to be an Anastasia (Romanov) inspiration for it; there are quite a few parallels to some theories regarding her possible survival during the Russian Revolution of 1917. Definitely a neat idea! 1.Political revolution: Okay, confession: I'm a political science major and I specialized in political theory/philosophy. So it makes sense why, unlike most people, I seem to have more of a (nerdy) appreciation for the political movements and ideologies woven in to the story. I'm not sure if Galazy Craze intended The Last Princess to be a remark on politics in any way, but the story itself raises some excellent questions; Eliza's royal family and the monarchy have failed to protect their citizens. So revolutionary stirrings begin to take place. But they soon realize that civil war is ugly- and it isn't entirely clear whaat the best answer is to save England- and this has a realistic aspect to it that is readily familiar to political discussions. I don't want to get TOO nerdy on you, but it definitely riases the question of good governance and the role of war in states (which gets me all excited and passionate, I could honestly go on for 20 pages about this. But i won't, for your sake). 2.Eliza's bravery and dedication: Eliza is an extraordinary character, and she is the perfect fit for a story revolving around the idea of a last surviving princess. She has such strong motivations to save both her family and her country, but at the same time she can acknowledge the mistakes of the past and see where things went wrong. She's willing to see the changes that need to take place, and she'll do as much as she can to see them through. Plus, she allows very little (such as romance) to deter her from her tasks at hand (remarkable in a YA heroine). 3.A VERY fast-paced novel:* (note that this part of my review has been amended from the original post on my blog, since it was brought to my attention that there WILL be a sequel) The Last Princess moves along quite quickly and has a fast pace. The action begins at the very beginning of the novel, and doesn't end until the book finishes. While I was originally dismayed that so little information had been given to the plot details, after learning that there will be a sequel I'm hopeful that the sequel will do a better job of explaining the world. It doesn't slow down at all, but at the same time... This fast pace is problematic for the story. At times, it really moves along TOO quickly. This is clearly one case where one book simply isn't enough to give the story justice; there isn't enough background or explanation, providing little motivation for current events, and a complex series of events is left overly simplified because of it. Furthermore, this was the main reason why there were so many plot holes and questions throughout the novel. I would have rated the book 3 stars because there were too many plot holes and little explanation crammed into one book; but I rate my books based on how I enjoy them, rather than a full critical analysis. And I truly did enjoy this one, its characters and I found Galaxy's writing to be quite enjoyable and experienced. And I thought the premise of the story was brilliant, and an idea I'd love to read more of in YA books. I'm hopeful that a sequel will fill in some of these plot holes, but I still feel as if a prequel would work better for a story like this one. ARC received from HBG Canada for more
by Brenna Staats
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