In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only 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 goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.
Source: ARC through MacMillan for review purposes
There will be spoilers for Cinder and Scarlet, so beware
So we left with Scarlet, Cinder, Wolf, and Captain Thorne (and Iko’s personality chip in Thorne’s ship) running from the humans and Lunars trying to catch Cinder because they realized she was a Lunar. Not only is she Lunar, but she’s Princess Selene, who was thought to have died in a fire when she was three years old (though no one but this crew and Levana know who she is at this point). Cinder has turned to Wolf to help her to strenghten her Lunar powers so that she can take on Levana and hopefully stop Kai from having to marry her. They are also on their way to save the person helping them, a Lunar girl stuck in a satellite orbiting and spying on Earth, Cress.
Cress has been on the satellite for years, ever since Thaumaturge Sybil Mira locked her away so that Cress can be closer to Earth to use her technological skills to spy on the Earthlings. She has found a way of coping with being by herself, like making a little Cress personality on the netscreen, playing games, and absorbing Earth’s news and entertainment, but she’s sure to never let Sybil see how she passes her time. Especially since she’s supposed to be tying to find the ship that Cinder and her accomplices are on. Cress is good at her job, which means she has found Thorne’s ship, but she can’t let Sybil know that. And, in fact, they are on their way to rescue her from her jail. And this is where the story starts.
There’s a lot going on here and I can tell you almost nothing so you aren’t spoiled. I had a hard time writing this review because I didn’t want to be the one that spoils it because it is THAT good. Also, I should have written it immediately after I finished…that will teach me to procratinate.
The band of rebels becomes separated pretty early on and are trying to find their way back together as well as trying to find out more about Cinder and her abilities and history. Of course, there are several obstacles that get in their way and drama, drama, drama. But it was all great fun. This is my favorite book in the series.
What I can tell you is that the characters become more endearing and really work their way into your heart. Cress is just about the most adorable thing ever, especially given her seemingly ill-fated crush on Thorne. She is such a well fleshed-out character; she is intensely smart and innocent, and because she’s been alone for so long, it’s understandable that Cress is also very socially awkward. But she is a fast learner and quickly comes into her own, all the while not losing the thing that makes her so special. Thorne, as her intended mate in the series, gains a lot in Cress’s company. His cynacism becomes a little smoother around the edges the longer he spends with her because he wants to take care of this girl and make sure nothing dulls her shine. Much like how I felt about Cress. I am a big fan and very sympathetic to socially awkward characters and Cress is definitely a favorite.
There are a few new characters, including Sybil Mira’s bodyguard, who is VERY intriguing. We also get a little sneak into Winter’s character. But every little plot is good, interesting, and keeps your attention. We get some answers and learn some stuff, but we’re still pretty much in the dark about Levana’s intentions and ultimate goal. I really dislike when a villian doesn’t have any real agenda. I know she wants to be ruler and all that jazz, but I think there’s more and I want to delve more into her psyche and her relationships with Winter and her late husband. Even though I continue to dispise and hate her (that’s redundant, right? That’s how much I hate her). We get to see Kai doing his thing, Cinder kicking ass, Wolf…Scarlet…I can’t say anything about their journeys. You must read this book. If you’re at all a fan of the first and/or second book in this series, this book will grab hold of you and put you through the ringer. And you will love every second of it. And then cry at the end because it’s over.
I have two issues with this book, and they’re both mine. 1) I kept getting confused by Cinder/Cress. I’d read it as one of them, but have to go back and check who it was because the names are so close together. I even had a little issue with it in this very review. Maybe I just need coffee. 2) WINTER IS SOOOO FAR AWAY! Seriously, I almost wish I would have waited until Winter was out or about to come out to read Cress. Guess this calls for a reread in 2015.