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.
Hardcover, 550 pages
Five Stars: The best book in the series to date!
Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, Thorne and Iko are hurtling through space, trying to avoid detection by Queen Levana. Little do they know, the reason for their good fortune is because a lonely girl, stranded on a satellite is blocking their transmissions. Cress has spent the last eight years secluded on a tiny satellite orbiting the earth. She was born a shell on Lunar and immediately taken from her parents. Once she showed skill with computers, Cress was placed on the satellite to do the Queen's biding. Her only company comes from occasional visits from her keeper, Thaumaturge Mira. Cress lives vicariously through the computer following the news and she has become infatuated with not only Cinder but Captain Thorne as well. She sends a message to Cinder and warns her of impending danger. To her surprise, Cinder agrees to come and rescue her from her small prison. Can Cress help Cinder evade Queen Levana and save Earth?
What I Liked:
- I am a big fan of Ms. Meyer's series, and I am happy to report that Cress is the best book in the series so far. I loved this fun, loose retelling of Rapunzel and I was amazed at the tightness of the plot, the complexity of the story and the creativity. Ms. Meyer is an author you should be reading, and if you have not checked out this series, what are you waiting for?
- I loved that even though this was a retelling of Rapunzel it was completely unique. The only similarities between this one and the original are that there is a young girl who has been imprisoned away, she has long hair and she is eventually rescued by a man who undergoes an episode of brief blindness. Even though the basic framework of the classic is in place, the story is spun into an imaginative and exciting tale. For instance, Cress is imprisoned on a satellite, and instead of sitting around pining for romance and rescue, she is an experienced computer hacker. Granted, Cress is incredibly naive, and she has some silly, girlish ideas on romance, but she is a fun character, and I really loved her. I especially appreciated that this retelling was completely unpredictable.
- This book is action packed from beginning to end, and there is a lot going on. There is Cress's story blended in with Cinder and her plight to save earth. Kai who is struggling with the incredible burden of trying to save the world, his upcoming nuptials and finding the missing Princess Selene, while ruminating on Cinder. I loved the suspense, the blending of multiple stories, the characters and the exciting twists. There is never a dull moment in this book!
- Let's talk about Captain Thorne for a moment. Thorne is cocky, brash, selfish and conceited. Yet, I love him. He makes me laugh and he provides plenty of comedic relief throughout. He is a bad boy through and through. I loved when Cress sifted through his long history of bad deeds, and her romantic heart attributed good to each and every event, but then Thorne shoots down all of her romanticized notions and tells her the truth for his actions, proving he really is a cad out to serve only his best interests. Underneath his brash and vain exterior, there really is a good side to him, and I like seeing it shine through every now and again. He is without a doubt, my favorite character in the series.
- I love that the romances in this series are all straight forward without ridiculous love triangles and drama. Cinder and Kai begin to work things out, Scarlet and Wolf seem solid, and then we have the new romance between Cress and Thorne. The romance begins as a serious crush on Cress' part, she has notions of Thorne rescuing her, the damsel in distress, and sweeping her away to begin an epic romance. Unfortunately, Thorne isn't exactly a romantic hero. Yet when thrown together under dire circumstances, the two form a bond. One of my favorite parts was when Cress thought she was dying and wanted Thorne to kiss her, and he refused because he was dirty and smelly, and he wasn't going to let her die, but he does promise that if they do near death that he will deliver that kiss. By the end of the book, it appears that the feelings aren't all one sided. I am interested to see how this romance progresses because it is certainly a case of opposites attract. Think sweet, innocent girl next door meets selfish, cocky bad boy.
- While Scarlet took a bit of a step away from Cinder and her story, this book focuses more on Cinder and her dire circumstances. I have loved watching Cinder grow and change from the shy, scared cyborg to a girl who has come to terms with her identity and her cyborg parts. She is no longer afraid to take a stand. She is courageous and determined not only to save Kai, but to dethrone Levana and save the world. She has come along way from that timid mechanic in the marketplace.
- At the end, there is a brief meeting with Princess Winter, and I cannot wait to learn more about her and see what role she will play in the finale. She was another interesting character. I love that all four of the leading ladies are so different from one another.
- The world building continues to impress. This time we are treated to a trip to the Sahara desert. I love that there are so many settings, and that space plays a huge role in this series. Meyer does an outstanding job with her world building. It is not to be missed.
And The Not So Much:
- I missed Scarlet's strong, assertive personality in this one. I won't go into the details as to why Scarlet is missing for the most part, but I am hopeful that she and Wolf will play a strong role in the finale.
- This book has multiple story lines and points of view. It follows Cinder on the spaceship, Dr. Erland working to learn more about the plague and a cure, Cress and Thorne fighting the desert, Scarlet and Thaumaturge Mira, as I stated earlier there is a lot going on. While I didn't have trouble keeping track of everyone, I did find that I was more invested in certain characters, and when it shifted away, I was eager to get back.
- I was expecting Cress' hair to play a bigger role in the story, but it isn't an important part, nor is there any magic involving the hair. It didn't really bother me that the hair wasn't a key factor, but for those of you expecting the hair to be of major importance, you will be disappointed.
- This book ends with another jarring cliffhanger. It leaves the reading absolutely itching for the final book which won't be out until 2015. Why do we have to wait so long?
Cress delivered another fantastic story in an incredibly imaginative and exciting series. I love that Ms. Meyer blends well loved fairy tale characters with an exciting story set in space. This series is one that is not to be missed, and it is without a doubt one of my favorite series to date. If you are hungering for something unique, entertaining and fun, get these books immediately! Be warned, though, it is a long wait until the finale.
"I believe it is the mark of a great leader to question the decisions that came before him."
"Maybe there isn't such a thing as fate. Maybe it's just the opportunities we're given, and what we do with them."
"I'm beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don't just happen. We have to make them ourselves."
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.