Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 4th 2014
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.
Marissa Meyer is such a gifted author. Every time I think this series can’t get any better, it does. After reading Cinder, I was hooked. I knew it had the possibility to become one of my favourite series. But Cress just confirmed that The Lunar Chronicles is one of my absolute favourite series. This book was absolutely brilliant, and definitely my favourite of the three books so far.
Characters, characters, characters. Such GREAT characters. I love how this series is extremely character-driven, they all have so much depth and that makes it hard not to fall in love with every single one of them. This book introduces Cress (well, technically she was introduced in Scarlet, but we REALLY get to know her in this instalment) and I love her. She’s a quirky hacker, a tad naïve, and just so freaking adorable. A great addition to the characters we already know (and love so much). While I’ve been gushing about the main characters, I feel the need to point out that it’s not just them, the secondary characters carry just as much depth.
Then: Cress and Thorne. I’ve said it before, but Thorne is just… he’s hilarious. He has a gigantic ego, but also something sweet that adore. It’s all a big part of his charm. I ship them! Though if I’m honest, I ship all the ships there are to ship in this series, hard. Cinder and Kai; I adore them, with all their doubts and struggles. And Scarlet and Wolf; their relationship is one of my favourites, Wolf stole my heart in Scarlet, and this couples hardship in Cress broke my heart a little. I love how these stories are based on fairy tales, and every relationship has this fairy-tale like quality.
The plot will leave you breathless. It is so intriguing. It builds, and builds, and I felt like all I was doing was living towards the next moment I could read so I could just read MORE. I read chapters in the train on my way to classes, and in between classes, and then when I got home today and finished my homework, I finally finished it. And now I need more. And Winter sounds EPIC (the wait… it’s already killing me).
Cress was absolutely fantastic. Even more so, this series is absolutely fantastic. EPIC characters. Intriguing and gripping plot. Beautiful writing. And enough ships to ship! But seriously, if you haven’t started this series yet you really should!