Review + Interview – The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze

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.

Let’s first all just stare at the cover. It’s even prettier in person. Who knew..destruction could be so pretty? I have to admit, The Last Princess is the sort of book I’d pick up simply based on the cover.

Shallowness aside, a postapocalyptic book involving princesses! What’s not to love? Eliza and her siblings live in a world that’s much different from what we know and love. Eliza knows life isn’t 100% perfect, but she’s content. She has food to eat, she’s fairly safe, despite her mother being murdered.

The world Craze has created is filled with cannibals, revolutionaries, and secrets. While it’s set in 2090, I feel it’s the sort of book that could have easily been timeless. At times I felt like it was set the past and not the future. I really enjoyed that aspect. The Last Princess had more of a Grimm fairy tale quality to me, that I really found fascinating.

The Last Princess is fast-paced, sometimes maybe a bit too much. Yet I was so into the book, I didn’t really even realize that until I finished it and thought back on what was happening. It’s the sort of book that sucked me in and kept me wondering what was to come. I never really grew to completely love the characters, it’s much more of a story-line driven book. That said, I do like them and can’t wait to find out what happens to them next.

My only real complaint was the Seventeen Days were such a big deal, yet they were never really explained further. It was obvious that they were filled with natural disasters, but no details. That aside, upon completing The Last Princess, I ordered Galaxy’s previous two books – Tiger, Tiger and By the Shore. I love her writing style and can’t wait to read these.

I received my copy of The Last Princess from the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion.


I’m excited to welcome Galaxy Craze to Letters Inside Out, for a short interview.

LIO: Describe The Last Princess in 10 words or less.

16-year-old Eliza avenges the deaths and kidnapping of her family.

LIO: How did you come up with the idea for The Last Princess?

I worked closely with Alloy Entertainment who came up with the initial idea for the book. Together we refined and did a lot of reworking and re-write to come up with the final book.

LIO: The Last Princess has a bit of everything – if you were living in this time, what do you think you’d fear the most?

I love going for peaceful walks with my dog in the wooded trails, so I would have to say I would probably fear the Roamers the most. There is always danger in the woods –once I walked right into a black bear but if I thought there were bands of criminals with nails for teeth hiding in the woods I don’t think I’d risk it.

LIO: I always love matching music with what I’m reading, what’s a song that fits The Last Princess well?

Eliza is constantly on the run and running for her brother and sister so I think the song “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and The Machine fits the story perfectly.

LIO: I know the sequel is in the works, what does the future hold for our princess?

Unfortunately Eliza will not get to spend the next few years living happily ever after…as Pirate Ships are set to invade the British shores.

BIO: 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.

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Comments

  1. “Who knew destruction could be so pretty?”
    Hehehehe! Aaaah, I LOVE this! ^__^

    This sounds like SO much fun! So glad you enjoyed it, and GREAT interview! Oh goodness… PIRATE SHIPS? Poor Eliza! :S

  2. Ivana says:

    I love Florence and The Machine! This sounds like a great book, will have to check it out. Great review!

  3. I haven’t heard of this author or series but I now want to read this for sure! You’re so right about the cover, I’m sure we can’t see all the detail via the image online but it looks amazing and creepy and sad all at once! Great review, hun!

  4. kimba88 says:

    ooh..this does sounds like something i would enjoy. I love that it captured you, and i hope they explain the seventeen days more in next book. Stellar review and interview my dear!

  5. I love that you said this book sucked you in and seemed like a grimm fairy tale. That completely sold me on it. I hadn’t heard too much about this book before your review so thanks for introducing me to a new one!

    Great review and interview

  6. PIRATES and post-apocalyptic princesses?! I’m in.

  7. This seems amazing! I cant wait to read this little gem. Wonderful interview. Thank you.

  8. I so want to read this book! AS soon as I heard Princess and Dystopian I was sold… plus, she sounds like a kick ass heroine right?? I Love strong female leads! Can’t wait to read this one!

  9. Melissa says:

    This one was not on my radar but sounds like a really fun read with a strong female protagonist which I love!

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