In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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 prevent her army from invading Earth.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has. Goodreads.
About the book:
Author: Marissa Meyer
Book length: 560 pages
Published: February 4, 2014
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Dystopia, Retellings, Fairy Tales, Fiction, Adventure, Teen
Rating: 5 out of 5 quills
Started reading: March 12
Finished reading: March 22
“It’s beautiful out there.”
A hesitation, before, “Could you be more specific?”
“The sky is gorgeous, intense blue color.” She pressed her fingers to the glass and traced the wavy hills on the horizon.
“Oh, good. You’ve really narrowed it down for me.”
“I’m sorry, it’s just…” She tried to stamp down the rush of emotion. “I think we’re in a desert.”
“Cactuses and tumbleweeds?”
“No just a lot of sand. It’s kind of orangish-gold, with hints of pink, and I can see tiny clouds of it floating above the ground, like…like smoke.”
“Piles up in lots of hills?”
“Yes, exactly! And it’s beautiful.”
Thorne snorted. “If this is how you feel about a desert, I can’t wait until you see your first real tree. Your mind will explode.”
What did I think about the book? [spoilers]
I loved it…. I think I say this a lot about a lot of books… I love a lot of books hahhahaa…
Another book in the Lunar Chronicles, more weaving of stories by Marissa Meyer. In this book we continue the story of Cinder, Kai, Iko, Scarlet, Wolf and Thorne. We meet Cress, a girl locked up in a satellite since she was a little girl. We see the retelling of Rapunzel here.
The pacing in this book is even faster than in the previous installments. We switch from action scenes, to adventures, to new discoveries, to maybe romantic moments in a good balance.
So lets meet our newest addition to the team: Cress. Like I said she’s inspired by Rapunzel. And unlike the personalities of Cinder and Scarlet, Cress is a sweet, cute, adorable and loveable character. While she’s really naive about the world and reality, it’s a realistic character. Not everyone is a heroine and has a strong, stubborn and fiery personality.
She was locked up by the minions of Levana – figures – because she is supposed to be a threat. She turns out to be a techy geeky girl. She is a computer guru and can do about everything with a computer, satellites and such. Of course Marissa has been kind to another female character and gives her a romance story. Carswell Thorne is to be the lucky one, but he doesn’t think Cress is so lucky with him.
His character grows in this book and I liked that we saw his more vulnerable side, although remaining witty and his charming, funny self hahahaa… He is in the first part of the book blind, so he has to rely on others instead of himself all the time. He has to work together with Cress and simultaneously teach her about the world and keep them both safe. But Cress’ naivety makes her thinks love at first sight will work out like the movies and series she’s watched, while in her satellite. But it’s a realistic view of how a lot of people think love works.
This book is not all fun and light entertainment, it has seriousness in it. The story of Cinder, Kai and the struggle with Levana gets even more serious. Not only does their relationship and intergalactic struggle grow, but so do their characters. Cinder and Kai get a deeper personality, which is real good for the story.
Cinder herself struggles more in this installment. She doubt herself, her choices and fears she will endanger her friends. Is she capable of leading a rebellion? Will her friends survive? If not, will she survive the guilt? Will she save Kai from the claws of Levana? Can she save Earth from Luna and the Letumosis? She has so much doubt in this books. It makes her more human – even though a big part of her is cyborg – she has flaws and internal conflicts, she is therefore human!! And we humans can relate to other humans…
Where we would expect an equal part of the story to revolve around Scarlet, we miss is. And that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. She suffers in this book, she has her limits tested and does thing we wouldn’t have to endure even in our nightmares. But I believe Scarlet’s story will be bigger in Winter. I hope so, because Scarlet is bad-ass!!
But Levana and the other villains here grow even more psychotic. And that’s awesome. It’s a real good page turning fact and makes you want to read Fairest right away.
And last but not least, we get a sneak peek to the next installment’s main character Winter. Already excited!!
So yeah this story deserves a full 5 quills!!
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