Author: Marissa Meyer
Date of Publication: February 4, 2014
Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, E-book
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Synopsis: 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 this series goes on I can't help but like the characters more and more with each book! Not only did all my old favorite characters make an appearance (I seriously love Thorne so much) but I adored Cress and loved having her introduced into the series. While this novel wasn't as exciting plot wise since most of it was set up for what can only be a big finish, I really enjoyed the character interactions and seeing how much old characters like Cinder and Kai have changed since the first book.
Meyer always does an amazing job creating a cast of wonderful characters and Cress was absolutely no exception. She was so adorable and naive it was impossible not to love her. One of the best parts of this book was Thorne, I loved him in Scarlet and I was thrilled to see him playing a bigger role in this novel. He was the perfect counterpart to Cress and the two of them were so cute together I could hardly take it. I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to see much of Scarlet and Wolf in this novel, because their romance is no doubt one of the cutest in the series, but I'm hoping the next book will put them more in the spotlight!
While Cress was an important book plot wise it wasn't my favorite in terms of the story line. There wasn't a whole lot of action and it's gotten to the point where there are almost too many characters to follow. Each book introduces a new character who is vital to the plot, but all of the switching between characters started to get a little overwhelming after awhile. We all know I'm a huge fan of changing perspectives but even I can only take so many different stories to follow. As the series goes on I keep finding myself less and less interested in Cinder and more interested in the supporting cast and their stories, though the conflict with Queen Levana is the main point of the series I'm just not as interested in it as I am other aspects of the plot. That's probably why I didn't like this book as much as the last one, this book makes huge progress in terms of that story line and while its interesting, it's just not my favorite.
Overall Cress was a wonderful addition to the series though it did suffer a little bit just from being the middle book in a series. The ending did make things interesting and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to see where the story goes from here, but to be honest I'm more excited about meeting another character in the next book than anything else. Meyer truly has a talent for creating characters with unique and fun personalities and even though each of them are so different their differences play off each other and make each character that much more fun to read about.
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles will not be disappointed with this book! With an adorable new character as well as the old characters we've all come to love, this book (while not my favorite in the series) is still an amazing read and I highly recommend The Lunar Chronicles!