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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (May 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316185485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316185486
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #653,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Romeo and Juliet-style romance and a dash of royal political intrigue."—SLJ

"A pulse-pounding, sobering look at human nature..."—Booklist

"There is plenty of action, with daring rescue capers, good old-fashioned battles, secret-identity mishaps, and thrilling near-escapes set against an English dystopian landscape. Genre fans will appreciate this old-school take on a futuristic predicament."—BCCB

About the Author

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.

Find out more at www.savethelastprincess.com

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By JC on Aug. 27 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It was everything I love about these post-apocalyptic books, it grips me and I cant shake it off! I feel like this could be made into a series, perhaps different people that come to England, seeing as the book talks about how isolated England becomes. I feel I would want to learn more about other people living in the same world.
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By Brenna TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 17 2012
Format: Hardcover
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).

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Format: Hardcover
Cover:
The model is overlooking England with her back to us (always a plus since seeing the model's face sometimes ruins your imagination of the character). My favourite part of this cover has to be the purple sky and storming clouds. If you look closely, you can see that her dress is slightly disheveled and this is a reference to the book when Eliza was on the run while wearing her ball gown.

Writing:
The writing was clear and smooth and made it very easy to sink into the story right from the beginning.

Setting:
Set in post-apocalyptic England in the year 2090, where after a series of catastrophic events, the world was left barren. Food is scarce, many species have perished and most of the population is hungry. This world wasn't very complex and was rather simple but twined with the rich history of England definitely made it more worthwhile.

Plot:
The story had me right from the beginning and it was really exciting to see what would happen next, what Eliza would do, and if she would be able to save her siblings. One thing was for sure, it wasn't predictable and there was plenty of suspense. The only problem I did have with the plot was that a couple of times the situations were too convenient, as though the author didn't spend too much time thinking of a more realistic solution. Although irritating at times, it did not ruin the book for me.

Main Character:
Eliza was naive but she had a kind heart. Sure, you probably heard plenty of heroines like that, but I felt for Eliza's plight.

Villain:
The villain was also pretty good. He had an evil agenda but he came off more as ruthless and did have a plan to stop the hunger (even if it involved sacrifices) so he didn't seem like a stereotypical power-crazed villain.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An awesome adventure that will have you glued to your seat with anticipation!!! Dec 5 2014
By Alicia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
4 Stars

THE LAST PRINCESS was a brilliant, and spellbinding adventure, that had murder, chaos, and destruction, all twisted around layers of hope, survival, and determination!! It was beautifully done, with addicting characters, and world building that kept me entertained for hours!!

THE LAST PRINCESS was a highly entertaining story, with compelling characters, addicting world that was filled with dangerous situations, tragic events, a deadly dictator, and a forced army that was willing to do their dictators evil bidding's. I LOVED IT!!! BUT, as much as I loved it, I also had some issues with it. Manly that some of the events that unfolded were unrealistic and preposterous. But because of my love for this book, I overlooked them on mostly every occasion!

THE PLOT...

The world is full of destruction and ruins after Seventeen straight days of disasters brought a Country to it's knees. Only the lucky survived--the ones that were sheltered during the Seventeen days, the ones who are determined to survive. Now, six years later, England is still trying to pick up the pieces of those fateful days their world changed forever. England still remains in ruins, cut off from the rest of the world, unknown of what lies beyond their borders...

REWIND SIX YEARS:

After the Seventeen days of natural disasters, they royal family and their court rises from their underground sanctuary to find their Country in an uproar. Chaos, destruction and murder fill the streets of England. Hunger and lack of security remain instilled in the peoples hearts. And their are some who feel their are others better suited to wear the crown and rule all of England. Then, on a routine picnic with her youngest princess, the queen is assassinated--poisoned with child in her belly, forced to leave her sickly prince behind in a world where medicine and health care is a struggle, even for the royal family.

FAST FORWARD SIX YEARS:

After six years, the King of England still fights to regain control of his kingdom and subjects. With a kingdom on it's knees, and war on the horizon, and he's wife's murderer still free to wreck havoc and murder who he pleases, the king feels it's best to keep his two daughters and sickly son in a distant location, secluded from the outside world--shielded from the hard truths of what really lies outside of their save haven.

But then all of the king's fears come true, as their is a new leader, Cornelius Hollister, the same man that murdered the queen, trying to rise up and take over England. His army, The New Guard, is gearing up for war, determined to kill off the remaining Royal line, and become crowned as the new King of England. He is terrorizing the already broken people that remain from the Seventeen days, raiding houses and forcing them with force to join his army and fight for him, or be forced to work in the Death Camps where they will be forced to dig their own graves. And then there are the roamers, the ones that roam the Country, hiding from the New Guard while killing what they can, either human or animal, whatever they can find to fill their bellies.

When all seems like it couldn't get worse, the same day both the princesses and the young prince come back to England to join the Roses Ball, The New Guard storms the caste and the King of England is murdered by Cornelius Hollister in front of his daughters and loyal subjects. Then while trying to escape, the eldest daughter Mary, now the queen of England, and the young prince Jamie are captured and taken by The New Guard to await their horrific fates. But the youngest daughter, princess Eliza barley manages to escape the same fate as her siblings. And now, she is England's last hope of survival...

Now, Princess Eliza is the last free Royal standing, and she plans to fight until her death. She plots to free her sister and brother from the clutches of her parents murderer, and make him suffer for all the pain he inflicted upon her and her family, but also their Country. But as adrenaline fades, and clarity sinks in, she realizes that she is only one person verses Hollister's thousands. How could she possible fight them odds and take down the man who has conquered England with an iron fist? All she has is limited weaponry and fighting skill, and her wits, but how far would that really take her before she is killed and her Country left in the hands of a sadistic killer?? But their is one thing that she has that Hollister doesn't: A pure hatred and determination to destroy the man that has taken everything she loves from her. The Last Princess will rise, and take back what was taken from her, or die trying...

That is when Eliza decides the best way to take down the man that's taken everything from her is to infiltrate his army, and work from the inside out. But how could she possible go against thousands? Then she meets Wesley, the same guard who let her escape the night her kingdom was overthrown, and they join forces. Now Eliza isn't as alone as she thought, and she is ready to play Hollister's game, and willing to do anything in order to save the people and kingdom she loves, even if she has to die for it...

Doesn't that sound like such a great book?? It was. But like I mentioned above, as much as I enjoyed THE LAST PRINCESS, it had it's flaws. On one hand, I REALLY enjoyed it, but on the other, it had many aspects that were unbelievable, and hard to swallow. But since I really enjoyed the actual story and the plot and characters, I was able to look past them almost every time they would arise, and see through to the actual meaning. So overall, I HIGHLY enjoyed THE LAST PRINCESS, and would definitely recommend it if you enjoy apocalyptic/dystopian type books, with a shattered kingdom on it's knees in the break of war!! I can't WAIT for the next book, INVASION to release in 2015!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Chapter by Chapter's review of The Last Princess April 30 2012
By MaryAnn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I fell in love with The Last Princess the moment I glimpsed the cover and the title of the novel. The title has this aura of mystery in it that had me begging to get started. Lucky for me, when I did begin reading The Last Princess, I immediately did not want to stop reading. It started with a fast pace prologue that introduces us to the darkness that has consumed our world in the future as well as the fact that in this future murders will occur. This is an evident fact when Princess Eliza's mother is murdered in the prologue. Sure it was dark and grim, but I ate it right up and continued on with the novel. From that point on, I was sure that the opening chapter wouldn't manage to top the awesome-sauce prologue...

Boy was I wrong. Immediately after the first couple pages, we watch as Princess Eliza goes on a hunt to find her sickly younger brother, Jamie, and to prevent him from committing suicide. That opening chapter not only tugged on my heartstrings, but it had me falling in love with the story even more so. Death was a concept that was constantly used in the novel. People are dying of starvation and illness, and eventually people who supported the royal family are murdered as well. As the novel progressed, I have to admit that the story did not manage to lose my attention. At. All. Every single detail cannot be missed! Galaxy Craze wrote the story with so much beautiful detailing and thoughtfulness that you feel compelled to read more and I can assure you that you won't want to miss a thing.

Personally, one of my favorite scenes was during the Buckingham Palace overthrow, when the Tudor army murders the king and kidnaps Eliza's family. From that moment on in the novel, the reader really gets to see that Eliza is a much stronger, smarter and braver character than we all assumed she was from the beginning. Especially when, to save her siblings, Eliza joins the Tudor army where we see just what Cornelius Holister plans on doing to the world to help "save" it. As a good quarter of the novel was spent from Eliza's POV within the Tudor army, we were introduced to two new characters. One an antagonist: Portia. The other a love interest: Wesley. I found that the romance between Wesley and Eliza was adorable; it was cute and also dangerous. The only thing that I was cautious towards was my cut instinct on the fact that Wesley might not be exactly who he says he is....

I would recommend this book to (obviously) fans of dystopia and as well as people who enjoy the story of Anastasia because really, that's what this story reminds me a lot of. I cannot wait for the sequel to the novel, especially since the novel ended on such a dramatic high note that tells us that Eliza's story is far from over...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Live To Read May 3 2012
By Chels - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book really reminded me of the Romanov's minus the complete death sentence. I loved how the author described the dystopian world, complete with evil murderers and a faction against the crown. Eliza is a princess in this torn apart world. Her family lives very grandly, but sometimes it seems like they may be ignoring what it going on right outside their front door. The prologue itself is enough to draw a reader in; the reader will have to know just what happened and why...but all will be revealed soon.

Eliza was an interesting character. She felt dynamic to me, as if she actually matured during the course of the novel. She is brave and stubborn; she could be accused of being hard-headed at times. The other characters in the book have an impact on the plot, but not so much on the reader. The reader will probably only feel a true attachment to Eliza. The love interest is perfect and somewhat unexpected in this dystopian. The author does a good job of keeping the reader in the dark until the last possible moment.

The plot was very fast-paced. The reader will have the opportunity to meet Eliza at a very young age and then meet her again later on. Eliza is constantly in motion, rarely stopping to think or plot. She keeps the reader very involved with her thoughts and worries. Overall, this book is a quick and exciting read, recommended to young adult/teen readers.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Survival for Anglophiles May 14 2012
By Maggie Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Survival for Anglophiles - a pairing perfect for my reading taste. Princess Eliza, middle of the three royal offspring, has enough daring for both her sickly younger brother and her shyer and more proper older sister, who will one day inherit the throne. Life has been very different in London since the cataclysmic "Seventeen Days" (I would have liked to have read more about that!) and the Tudor troops, under the direction of evil Cornelius Hollister intend to overthrow the Windsors. Hollister and his army work by both subterfuge and force, and when Eliza's father is killed and her siblings captured, Eliza's only "escape" is to join the Tudor army. By day she is trained to kill and in her private moments she searches for her brother and sister and plots to avenge the Tudor wrongs. There is dashing romance, some violence and a few plots twists that avid dystopian/romance readers might see coming but are enjoyable just the same.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Review of The Last Princess by Sarah@CatchingBooks June 4 2012
By sarah@catchingbooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm not a huge fan of dystopian books, so I was a little hesitant when I first picked this book up..but I am SO glad I did!! Overall, the Last Princess is a some-what short, but action packed read.

One of the best parts about The Last Princess was the plot! It was really interesting to see how much England had changed after "The Seventeen Days" (which is when a series of natural disasters destroyed much of the Earth) and how people were able to survive in such a desolate place. The action scenes were really great this book! The battle scenes really reminded me of older wars in the fact that most people rode on horses and fought with a sword. It really helped me visualize the scenes better and it really was a great aspect to this book. I do wish that the author went more in depth as to what went on during this catastrophic event because I felt that the beginning was rushed and I really wanted to know more about this disaster. Especially since the author briefly mentions what happens during that time, it would have made the book stand out more if she added a bit to the beginning.

I also really liked the main character Eliza. After all that she is been through after the death of her mother and the death of her father, she is still able to pull through and be strong for her siblings and her country. She doesn't want to give up and she is so strong willed that it makes me feel like she is a true leader. I also like how she is willing to do anything for her family and her country and is such a brave girl. The romance aspect of this book was nice as well! It wasn't too much and it was a nice added bonus to this book and it really added some light into Eliza's life.

In the end, I really enjoyed The Last Princess! While it was a quick read, I still found myself really enjoying this book and I'm hoping that the author writes another book (after the cliffhanger ending!!).


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