Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Also in this series: Cinder
Published by Macmillan on 2014-02-04
Genres: Fairy Tales Legends & Mythology, Retellings, Science Fiction, Young Adult
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing)
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
After reading Scarlet, I had to jump right into Cress because I was so excited about the story. Well, I was not disappointed at all!!
What I LOVED:
- Cress. Cress’s story is probably my favorite of the series so far. I just loved her mixture of intelligence and vulnerability. Cress has been hidden away her whole life, doing Levana’s bidding, just hoping that one day she will do enough to earn her life back. Of course, it doesn’t work that way, and Cress eventually realizes that she has the power to help Cinder and the ability to make a real difference against Levana. So she takes a huge chance and contacts Cinder. Unfortunately, things go very wrong and Cress ends up stranded with Thorne. I love that, even though Cress is quite naive, she is also incredibly smart – she often saves the day with her intelligence and ingenuity!
- Cress and Thorne. I love these two together. Cress is so completely naive, and she wants to think nothing but the best about Thorne. Thorne, on the other hand, doesn’t think of himself as a hero who saves the damsel in distress – and yet, he can’t help but find himself falling for Cress’s innocence and intelligence. Something happens (I won’t spoil what) that forces Thorne to depend on Cress more than he’s used to depending on anyone (though he definitely struggles against that). Thorne’s fun humor and Cress’s sweet nature make them a perfect pair!
- Cinder’s story. While part of this book is obviously focused on Cress (and Thorne), Cinder is still working toward her goal of unseating Levana. She is beginning to learn more about her powers and taking control of her destiny. As an added bonus, Kai is a bigger part of this book too!
- Winter. I was very intrigued to meet Winter, and now I can’t wait to read her story! She is a very unique character, and the small glimpses that I got of her in this book were just enough to whet my appetite and make me incredibly curious about her.
- Not as much Scarlet and Wolf. Of course, this book focused on Cress, and Cinder’s story still needed to move forward, but I missed seeing more of Scarlet and, especially, Wolf. They were definitely an important part of this book, but I just love them and can’t wait for even more!
Well, I’m definitely loving this series now, so I’m glad I jumped on the bandwagon. Time to read Fairest! I give Cress 5/5 stars and this series has made it onto my All-Time Favorites list!
About the Author
I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg.
CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. Release date: 3 Jan 2012.