(The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication: January 27th, 2015 by Square Fish
Page count: 552 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Science Fiction
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.
I’m late to party but wow, Cress is the best installment of the Lunar Chronicles so far! I liked the first book enough, yet sadly found the second book to be less interesting than expected. However, Cress still piqued my interest because I had hopes for this series’s abundant amount of potential.
The titular character was briefly introduced in Cinder, and yet finally in this installment finally are we able to get to know her better. Cress, with the character being locked up in a satellite miles away from Earth, is meant to be a retelling of Rapunzel, though obviously with Meyer’s original twists that I’m always looking forward to. Compared to Scarlet, Cress was packed with more actions and development. Not a single turn of events left me yawning.
Cress was too naive for my taste but I’ve come to appreciate her presence a little more. Unfortunately, I failed to see the base of romance between Cress and her love interest. I just couldn’t understand how they come to love each other even if the answer’s crystal clear. The tension was lacking and I was indifferent toward every romantic progress they experienced. But to be frank, I was probably too busy swooning over the little interactions Cinder had with Kai *exerts dreamy sighs*
When all the characters got together, they were all very distinguishable. Iko with her bubbly personality. Wolf with his quiet and mysterious demeanor. Thorne with this vain act he always puts on but is actually reliable on the inside. Cress and her imaginations. Cinder and Kai — both had admirable sense of responsibility and I’m definitely rooting for these two the most out of the many pairings in this series. Their romance was mature and far from being hasty. I just want them to be happy is this too much to ask for?
I’m also glad because the political aspect seemed to be given more importance in this book. The ending left me in a curious state as how they’re going to beat the evil queen and whether their plan is going to be successful or not. The next prominent character of the series, Winter, was briefly seen in this installment and I cannot wait to see what roles she has in the upcoming rebellion.