pub date: May 1, 2012
publisher: Little, Brown for Young Readers
source: ARC from publisher (with my job, not this blog FYI)
appeals: dystopic, future, royal family, romance, adventure, family
content: some violence and death
Three main things disappointed me about this book.
First, the writing. I felt like it was a travel log, a brief overview of events. Eliza went here, then there, then somewhere else. There was no depth or growth or excitement.
Second, the story. It was a weak plot. There wasn't much to it and by the end it was just a big let down. The characters just Were the way they Were. I didn't understand motivations behind actions beyond the simple fact that they needed to do something to keep the story moving forward.
Third, the romance. The love was instantaneous and unrealistic and boring.
That is all I've got. There isn't much more to say. I had to skim the last 100 pages just to get through it.
On the positive--the cover is cool. I just wish that what was inside matched.
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 to love—once more. Now she must risk everything to ensure that she not become... The Last Princess.