Friends, my honest opinion of The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze is that it was a god awful book. On the upside, it is a super quick read — only taking a few hours to get through. However, this dystopian debut did not work for me despite how quickly I zoomed through it.
England has been hit by seventeen days of natural disasters, which mess up electricity and kill the food supply. Violent cannibals live in the woods. Eliza lives in relative privilege and is quite lucky because she is princess of England. However, all of this changes when a revolutionary attacks her family and she is the only one to escape. Living on her own and among the commoners, Eliza wants revenge.
Y’all, if I had to subtitle this review it would be called ‘Wherefore art thou transitions?’ Seriously, I would be reading and thinking the book was happening in one place or we would explore one facet of the story more deeply when BAM! It’s the future and Eliza is in an army hacking off wrists when she was legit just in a garbage dump looking for clothes. I never felt grounded while reading, just lost the whole time because I didn’t feel adequately transitioned between scenes.
I don’t really think a book should leave the reader in a state of utter confusion as to the world and what is going on with the plot. Yet, I felt the world building was quite shoddy in The Last Princess. I wasn’t satisfied with the explanation of the Seventeen Days. I didn’t exactly know why the natural disasters happened or how decimated the population was or what the food source was or how people survive. Was it just England? I feel like I shouldn’t have these questions. I also never understood why the revolutionary villain guy was so hell bent on killing the royal family. Absolutely nothing felt fully fleshed out to me and that really bugs me.
Further, I have little memory of the characters. With a main character, I think there should be some defining characteristics. Yet, all I remember about Eliza is that she chops a wrist off rather reluctantly, she goes through a lot of survival, and has siblings. Oh yeah! And she falls in love with some guy who has a secret but mysteriously shows up every time she is in trouble or about to die and gets her out of it. I don’t even get why he liked her so much, but I was not a fan of the instant love or the whole damsel in constant distress thing.
Perhaps what bothered me the most while reading this book was a personal pet peeve. Lots of animals are callously slaughtered by an evil character, including a dog and a fox mom and baby. For me, that sort of violence is way too much. I don’t like reading about animal murders, especially if it’s not for a food source. It makes me uncomfortable as a reader and not in a way where I am uncomfortable, but my mind is expanding.
I realize this review of The Last Princess is very subjective. If you are similar to me in taste, I can sum this up quickly: poor world building, bland characters, and lack of transitions. If you want to see and read this for yourself, by all means go ahead, but personally I do not recommend this book.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley.
Other reviews of The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze:
Bibliophilic Monologues – “I found it impossible to like The Last Princess”
The Bookish Babes – “I am really glad I gave THE LAST PRINCESS a shot.”
The Book Cellar – “The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze was one awesome read!”