Author: Marissa Meyer
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.
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.
And it just keeps getting better! I became a huge fan of The Lunar Chronicles when I read Cinder, the first book in the series, and fell a little more in love when I read Scarlet. After reading Cress, I can honestly say that it is my favorite in the series so far.
There is a lot going on in Cress, and we’re taken on one exciting ride. Cinder and her cohorts need a plan. They need to stop Queen Levana and Kai from getting married, because she’ll become an ever bigger terror and there will be no stopping her once they do. Piece of cake. Or not. Things get a whole lot more complicated when they all unwillingly get separated. In Cress, lives are in peril, secrets are exposed, and characters are more entertaining than ever. Meyer does a fantastic job weaving everything together.
With each book, we get the addition of more characters and their perspectives; Meyer pulls this off flawlessly. There’s no doubt that she creates some pretty great characters. I’m such a character-driven reader, so I crave at least one to really connect with in every book I read. Not only is there one in Cress, there are at plethora of them! They all have such distinctive voices and personalities, and I love them all! Okay, I love Thorne the most, but don’t tell him, his ego is big enough as it is. Seriously, Cress was such a perfect addition to the group, especially when paired off with Thorne. She has a naivety and awkwardness about her because she was locked away and isolated for so long, and when coupled with Throne’s exuberant personality, it makes for some mighty fine reading.
Cinder is growing as a character too. There was a point where her age was mentioned and I was a little surprised. I forgot that she’s only sixteen. I think she’s the youngest of the group, but she has the most weighing on her shoulders. And Iko is the funniest android I’ve ever met, no matter what form she’s in! She is definitely one of my more favorite characters. Gah! I do love them all, though.
I am so happy that this series continues to get stronger with each book. If Cress was this good, I am beyond eager to see what Marissa Meyer brings with Winter, the final book in the series.