- Rich baddy (Conner) would try his best to beat/intimidate/terrorize orphan boys until they bent to his will.
- Sage, the rebellious orphan, would rebel and cause mischief.
- The orphans would become friends and unite in their hatred for Conner.
- Conner would see that Sage was the best *prince* to take the throne.
- Conner would somehow use Sage's loyalty to his new friends to manipulate him into pretending to be the prince.
- Somehow Sage would outwit Conner and save the day and the kingdom.
Some of my predictions were accurate. Conner was bad. Sage was a rebel. I love a good rebel. And Sage does outwit the evil Conner, but Jennifer Nielsen does a great job of keeping the reader guessing and wondering who to trust. I stayed up late enjoying Nielsen's plot twists. I love a good plot twist.
The False Prince is a book about kingdoms and castles, honor and deceit. There's plenty of mystery and intrigue in the story, but it won't overwhelm adolescent readers. I recommend it to both Middle Grades and young Young Adult readers looking for an adventure series without vampires, werewolves or cyborgs.
Blog you later! ~ Ali B.