Series: Last Princess #1
Published by Hachette Audio on May 1st, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Family, Young Adult
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In the year 2090, after the third world war has left the most developed of nations in ruin, England is a barren land. The last trees live in the courtyard of Buckingham Palace, food is rationed, oil has destroyed the oceans, poverty is at an all-time low and discontent is rising to a fever pitch. Hatred of the royals is strong and revolution lurks just around the corner.
The first strike came when Princess Eliza Windsor was just a little girl and her mother, the queen, fell victim to poison in the hands of a sneering young revolutionary, Cornelius Hollister. After many years of living in fear, Eliza is sixteen when Hollister strikes again, destroying her family even further, killing her father and kidnapping her older sister and younger brother, and forcing her to flee into London's dangerous streets.
With a mind for revenge and the safe recovery of her siblings - including her older sister, Mary, England's future queen - Eliza joins the rebel forces in disguise. Masquerading as a loyal member of the Tudor army, Eliza has her first taste of independence and it is here that she finds love... with the son of the man who would see her dead.
The Last Princess caught my eye while browsing audio books to borrow from the library and kept going back to it. It’s relatively short, but since I am all for short audio books, I went ahead and downloaded.
The Last Princess had a lot going for it – and a lot to offer. It has a dystopian setting, rebels, war, royalty, strong family bonds and a romance. Not to mention just how bloody gruesome it was.
Eliza really made this book for me. She has a lot of growth throughout the book due to the trials she overcame. She comes off week at first, at least that was my interpretation, but what she does to avenge her family and right back IS admirable. My heart broke for her on many occasions – especially at the one part when she wanted to just give up.. 🙁
The romance in the book was a small/large part. I say this because it there wasn’t a LOT of it – but their feelings for each other drove them both a lot towards the end and made the ending so much sweeter. It developed relatively fast – but given the setting and peril surrounding them.. I get it.
Now as much as I loved the dark, intense tone of the book – it’s not flawless. I didn’t realize until the end just how much time this book spans out from beginning to end. I think the confusion came because there aren’t many “breaks” in the audio. I had to “rewind” a few times and re listen because the flow from scene to scene was not smooth at all, rather blending together. It created a lot of confusion for me – and I was so frustrated at times.
AND. The fast pace and action scenes were great – loved them – but I do wish there was a time or two we could have slowed down just a little. This didn’t really bother me much – just something I wanted to add.
The ending! Not a cliff hanger, per se, but it sure as heck left me wanting more. There is so much more to this world to explore – and I can’t wait. I recommend to everyone looking for darker dystopian, with death, non stop action and brave characters worth rooting for.
Tell me your thoughts
- Have you read The Last Princess? If so, what did you think?
- What do you feel is ONE thing that is a must have in any dystopian?
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