Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling
Series: Lunar Chronicles #3
Published On: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
My Rating: 5 Stars
"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."
I think that gif properly sums up my feelings for this book- for this series. Honestly, though, what’s not to love about The Lunar Chronicles? The characters are all unique and so much fun, the world is complex yet easy to understand and visualize, and the relationships are slow and natural and, for those of the romantic variety, swoon-worthy!
If you haven’t read Cinder or Scarlet yet, I highly recommend that you do. Each book only gets better and adds to the amazing world that Meyer has so thoughtfully created. Cress starts up where Scarlet left off, only focusing more on Cress, a young lunar girl trapped in a satellite and forced to work for Queen Levana because of her programming and hacking skills. Cress is awkward and adorable and I think everyone can find something in her to connect to, but her role in Cinder’s mission is a crucial one and soon into the story, the group (Cinder, Thorne, Scarlet, Wolf, and Cress) is working together to put an end to Levana’s rule, which proves more difficult than any they thought.
I mentioned in my review of Scarlet how the world building and Kai’s perspective on the complications of running a country, with how there’s so much more behind the scenes for each decision and choice he is forced to make, were my favorite parts of this series. Despite how complex the government aspects became, it’s always easy to understand what’s happening. It amazes me how there are so many settings and different locations in the Lunar Chronicles, yet there’s no need for a map or explicit explaining because the way Meyer writes just lays everything out for you, without you even actively noticing.
I like how easy the plot jumps from character to character, without anything feeling abrupt or annoying. I feel like Cress focused too little on Scarlet’s character, however it did create an atmosphere of curiosity and worry, which is no doubt how the characters are feeling about Scarlet (partial spoiler? Oops!), and I liked how her situation affected Wolf, though it was a tad heartbreaking.
I wanted so badly to fangirl over all the relationships in Cress, Kai & Cinder, Scarlet & Wolf, and of course-spoiler!– Cress & Thorne! (highlight to read) who were absolutely adorable together, however at the time I was reading Cress I was in a room full of people who were testing and, well, not a great idea.
Once again, Marissa Meyer has amazed me with this series and I can’t wait to read Winter, the release date is soooooo far away! 🙁 Seriously, if you haven’t read this series, you definitely should! I think it appeals to all ages, genders, and it doesn’t matter what genre you prefer, this series has a little of everything-really!: princesses, action, fighting, magic(ish stuff), science fiction, and so much more!
Warning: the ending is super sweet and cute and the feels for this book… too much! 😀 You’ll be aching for the next book!