by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Published on February 4, 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
As if Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles couldn’t get any better. Cress soared past Cinder and Scarlet, offering a new character and tons more awesomeness. The third installment of the Lunar Chronicles series gives us the story of Cress (our futuristic Rapunzel) and her rescue from the satellite she’s been trapped in. Talk about a new take on towers. At the same time, we get to return to the stories of Cinder and Scarlet as they travel together and plan to stop the evil Queen Levana of Luna and her plans to take over Earth.
Oh wow… I don’t even know where to start. If you’ve read my reviews of Cinder and Scarlet, you know that I absolutely adore this series. Meyer has created such a rich, captivating futuristic world that still relates back to the old fairy tales most of us are familiar with. We still see plenty of Cinder, our expert mechanic and heroine from book 1, and our tough but lovable Scarlet from book 2, as the overall story arc progresses, along with the story of Cress. The two plots are interwoven so seamlessly you don’t even notice a difference. And may I just say, for those of you pulling Team Cinder/Kai and Team Scarlet/Wolf, you’ll be quite happy with Cress. Thank goodness too, because I wasn’t too happy with Kai in Scarlet. Now we can see a little behind his decision from book 2, as well as the struggle he shares with Cinder and their feelings toward each other. This also is true for Scarlet and Wolf.
Wolf, you are adorable.
Meyer, you are so cruel. Why would you do that to Wolf?
But a new team has come to the Lunar stage. Cress, our long-haired damsel, has made contact with Cinder and Scarlet, and a rescue has been planned. Queen Levana won’t make things easy, however, and can’t afford to lose Cress. Our damsel wants out of her satellite, though, and is quite eager to meet the heroes, especially a certain Captain Thorne who she’s been crushing on from afar (how cute is that?!). And when it comes down to rescuing, Thorne proves to be quite the hero himself, despite what he might think of himself. He clearly comes to care for the confused Cress, who has never set foot on Earth before. He acts as her guide and they travel to reach the others before they’re caught.
And come on, I can’t be the only one who loved Thorne in Scarlet.
Cress is a sheltered soul and reading her perspective was really enjoyable. It’s like rediscovering the simple things we take for granted, from the basic scenery to the small aspects of life. She’s so full of life that you can’t help but like her, and want her to succeed. Cress is also a contrast to the Lunar Chronicles’ two other heroines, setting her apart while connecting them all with a common goal. A wonderful addition to the cast.
Just a side note: Iko, you are totally my favorite robot. Can we just be friends? Please?
Now if you’re coming in at book 3 and are still debating whether you want to read these books, allow me to make that decision for you: read them. You may think you’ll regret that decision but I can guarantee you won’t. The Lunar Chronicles has to be one of the best fairy tale re-telling series I’ve ever read. You’re in for a treat with a perfectly paced plot, beautiful storytelling, lovable characters, and a story that will carry through the ages.
With that said, go to your local bookstore (don’t worry about the library, you’ll be buying these books in no time anyway), pick up a copy of Cinder, and start falling in love with the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.