Monday, July 30, 2012

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s

Genera: Sci-fi Dystopian/intergalactic/futuristic

Subjects: Princes, space

Length: 337 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

Summary/ product description: “You’d think being a privileged Prince in a vast intergalactic Empire would be about as good as it gets. But it isn’t as great as it sounds. For one thing, Princes are always in danger. Their greatest threat? Other Princes. Khemri discovers that the moment he is proclaimed a Prince.
He also discovers mysteries within the hidden workings of the Empire. Dispatched on a secret mission, Khemri comes across the ruins of a space battle. In the midst of it all he meets a young woman named Raine, who will challenge his view of the Empire, of Princes, and of himself.”

My Rating: êêê

My Review: This book had a very confusing start for me. I don’t really like Garth Nix’s narration. I’ve tried reading 2 on of his short stories before, and they have never been very interesting to me. It could be because he’s Australian and has a different vocabulary. He made Khemri sound too mature in the narration, even when he was immature. Dialogue was few and far in some part of the story. It felt like the story was being told rather than shown. It had a similar sci-fi feel to S.J. Kincaid’s Insignia in some parts (the naval school) and James Patterson’s Daniel X series. It took forever to get to the romance with Raine. I feel like this should have been a trilogy instead of a stand-alone. The story felt rushed. The ending was wrapped up, but I feel like the story could have broken into 3 books, based on the 3 deaths…maybe? The world building was amazing, of course. The trinity of tek, Princes and Preists….it was pretty amazing. Sometimes it felt way too sci-fi. I usually like my sci-fi with a lot of humor, survival and romance. This was too spacey, like Star Wars. I recommend this to people who like Star Wars, Startrek, and anything in outer space with space travel. It’s nothing like Across the Universe or Glow. More like Insignia.

Cover Art Review: Beautiful sci-fi graphics. The guy doesn’t look like he’s from the future, but her looks like a hero. It’s cool.

~Haley G

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