"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."
Moment of my random wonder: Did anyone else wonder if Eliza is short for Elizabeth? Because if that's true, then wouldn't Eliza might become Queen Elizabeth the Third of England? Assuming that no Elizabeths had been named queen from now and the future.
^Ignore that paragraph. It's evidence of my endless dreaming.^
The Last Princess is a brilliant and interesting book. I thought there's some loose/gray areas in the book, but overall I liked it. The plot's good and full of twist and horrible events. (Blood included. Not suitable for children under thirteen.) The conflict between Princess Eliza/British Royal Family and Cornelius H. is okay, but sounds similar to Katniss Everdeen and President Snow's conflict. Except for the fact that Cornelius is more ruthless and and ugly in personality. If you like the Hunger Games, you'll like The Last Princess and perhaps the books after it.
Now the gray area: I don't get it. Even though the synopsis says, "Cut off from the rest of the world," I can't help but wonder what really happen to the rest of the world. It isn't fully discussed in The Last Princess, but I just can't help wondering what the heck is going on in the rest of the world, especially the American and Asian countries. Are they alive? Are they dead? Are there zombies roaming around? And how the heck is England shut off from the rest of the world? I need more details to understand the background, so I started the series off with the wrong foot.
For those of you, readers, who are curious about the sign of Cornelius H. (the British reincarnation of President Snow), it's a small silver star. That's the symbol he uses when he kills people. President Snow uses white roses with a pungent perfume, remember?
I love how the author, Galaxy Craze, uses real places/settings to tell the book. Although I'm not sure how Buckingham Palace is still standing, it's a pretty good place for the Royals to be at. Warning: There will be Poisons and Assassinations.
Ooo! I really want to see the POV of the love interest. What does he truly see in her? What doesn't he like about her? Is he seriously that native towards her or he know how dangerous Eliza is truly? I want a POV of the love interest in the next book. Oh! I need a flashback or novella, in his POV, involving his dark, dangerous father, the lunatic and King-wannabe.
Eliza is brave and thirsty for revenge. She's intelligent and usually reckless, when it comes to her family. Like many characters of the dystopian world, she doesn't think of her actions until it's too late.
I like the love interest. I wonder what's he going to be like when he appears in the second novel. Everything about his seems to be so right and not so wrong. He's off on a good foot, for now.
Rating: Four out of Five