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 to love—once more. Now she must risk
everything to ensure that she not become... The Last Princess.
As a bona fide princess, Eliza's life should have been a happy ever after, but those such ideas are long gone. For seventeen days the earth shook as it was ravaged by natural disasters leaving the world as they knew it in shambles. Food and other necessary supplies have become the highest commodities as there is very little left, making the worst come out of the people as they fight to survive. A man leading a group of renegades is determined to claim the throne for himself, and he will stop at nothing to see them all dead. As he brings his plan to fruition, Eliza is the only one to escape his clutches, and vows to one day seek revenge. But the road along the way will prove more perilous than she ever imagined, and she will have to decide just how far she is willing to go to stand up for what she believes in.
Whenever I think of a princess, the first thing that comes to mind is sheltered and controlled. Due to their station and duties, a princess generally is not exposed to the horrors of the world, but there is a trade off for this in that they typically do not get to live carefree like most children. Eliza however, had a taste of both worlds as she remembers her gilded life from before, and now has seen the world crumble around her. At the start of the book she is still somewhat sheltered as her father has kept her and her siblings in the dark about most of the danger. However, all that changed once Eliza becomes the only remaining free royal. It is from that point on where she becomes truly admirable. The sheer will and determination it takes to simply survive, let alone have the strength to stand up for her family and the people of London is amazing. There is one point in the book where I just wanted to cheer as I was so impressed with her strength. She truly is worthy of her station despite what the over throwers may believe and she has no problem proving it. I found the circumstances surrounding the desolation London to be quite intriguing. The whole idea that a worldwide destructive event lasted for seventeen days and then just stopped makes me wonder if there wasn't some sort of major science experiment that went wrong. Like something that effected the Although I do have to admit that I wish some parts had of been expanded upon a little bit, like the Roamers. I just think there is so much more behind them, and I'd love to know why they became the way they did when there are so many other "normal" people who are starving as well. Also, I'm really curious to find out if London is really all that there is left in the world, or is everyone else just unable to make contact. It just kind of makes you wonder why out of all the places in the world, would London be the place to survive? Hopefully more about the seventeen days event and the Roamers will be revealed in the next installment.
The Last Princess read incredibly fast and everything flowed really well. In fact once I picked it up, I just couldn't put it down. Based on the way things end, I expect there to be a sequel, and I couldn't be more excited! With great characters that you can really stand behind, a post-apocalyptic world that is incredibly chilling, and a nail-biting plot, The Last Princess is one that YA fans simply won't want to miss! (Received a copy from the publisher) Rating: