A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix


I generally avoid science fiction out of personal preference, but I am trying to give each type of book a chance. A Confusion of Princes is an intriguing story with compelling psychological questions and without the over abundance of futuristic technology that weighs so many science fiction novels down. It is a great read for science fiction lovers and a good read for others. None of the content is inappropriate, but I recommend it for older readers because of the depth of the psychological questions raised.

Prince Khemri is a privileged member of an intergalactic empire ruled by a group of princes endowed with superhuman abilities and the chance for infinite regeneration or resurrection. However, he soon learns his position is one of constant competition, intrigue, and threat of assassination. The Princes may feel they are in charge, but they are being controlled by a higher mind.

At the insistence of this higher mind, Khemri is stripped of his superhuman abilities and sent to experience life in a colony of mere humans. In this situation, Khemri begins to see the value of individuals and question his view of the Empire and of himself. Although Khemri's struggle is placed against a backdrop of starships and invincible Princes, his quest to find himself and his place in the universe rings true to all types of readers.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.

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