Sci-Fi – Fiction Book Review: A Confusion of Princes

A Confusion of Princes Garth Nix

Prince Khemri is training to be the next galactic Emperor, along with ten million other hopefuls. As a Prince, he has been augmented to be stronger and smarter than other humans. And if he dies, he could have the opportunity to be brought back again and again. But as Khemri quickly learns, he’ll need all of his abilities to protect himself against the other scheming Princes assassination attempts. When Khemri is sent on a secret mission to further his advancement, he discovers an Empire secret and meets a young woman named Raine who will show him what it means to be human.

Nix’s universe is full of advanced technology and a unique government shrouded in mystery and violence. Khemri is book-smart but naïve when he first enters the real galaxy as a full Prince. Then, when he is forced to briefly live life as a human, he has to relearn how act and think – kind of a second childhood. At times the story seemed to lag with descriptions and confusion with so many characters and their bizarre names. But for the most part, it’s fairly fast-paced with plenty of adventure and excitement. There’s a thin line between YA and adult novels, and this story could be marketed for either. But at its heart, A Confusion of Princes is a coming of age story. Unpredictable and often surprising, Nix has created a fascinating universe with unforgettable story. This YA space opera has plenty of drama, action, and techno-babble for most science fiction fans.

A Confusion of Princes releases from Harper Teen on May 15, 2012.

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