“And Sophie and Agatha lived happily ever after, for girls don’t need princes for love to call… No, they don’t need princes in their fairy tales at all” ― Soman Chainani,
After saving themselves and their fellow students from a life pitched against one another, Sophie and Agatha are back home again, living happily ever after. But life isn’t exactly a fairytale. When Agatha secretly wishes she’d chosen a different happy ending with Prince Tedros, the gates to the School for Good and Evil open once again. But Good and Evil are no longer enemies and Princes and Princesses may not be what they seem, as new bonds form and old ones shatter.
I want to start off with saying that this was not a series I ever really thought about reading.
I love middle grade and I love fairy tales but I’d never actually given these books any thought. But guys, wow. They are so good.
As most of you know, we read the first book, The School For Good and Evil as a discussion read about two weeks ago. When I finished it I immediately ordered the next book — A World Without Princes and in between work and reading other stuff managed to finish the second book in the series.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect as things felt pretty wrapped up at the end of the first book, but these books kind of progress the way the Harry Potter series does. Each book is a different issue but with one major overarching issue that spans the whole of the series.
So let’s start with my favorite part of A World Without Princes: Sophie and Agatha’s relationship. I really liked the difference in Sophie and Agatha’s relationship in this book. It was much different from the first where I couldn’t understand why Agatha was so invested in her friendship with Sophie. A World Without Princes kind of gives you a reason to root for the two girls and their friendship and I even found myself hoping for their happy ending.
Next is the girl power. This installment in the series is focused on the split between girls verses boys. Soman Chainani reworks famous fairy tales and gives us a world where women aren’t reliant on men, but pushes for the reader to understand that you can’t just have one extreme. So, boys and girls being together shows balance and everyone can live in harmony. Whereas if girls and boys are separate and following extreme hardline beliefs of boys are better than girls or vice versa, things become unbalanced and it hurts everyone.
I’m going to leave it at this because this book has so many points to it that I could very easily spoil it for you.
If you’ve read the series, what did you think? Is this a series you think you would be interested in?