- Page Count: 500
- Release Date: February 4, 2014
- My Rating: 5 stars
Even in the future. there are damsels in distress…
In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana’s evil plan, has a slight problem. She’s been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, 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.
I haven’t written reviews for most of my favorite books because I just can’t put into words how much I LOVE THEM. But it’s been about a year since I last read this, so I’ll just go over the stuff that stuck with me…
I love retellings, but will admit that most are pretty weak. I’ll still read them and have fun because they’re retellings, but there are very few I absolutely love.
This book just blew past all retellings and most YA fantasy in general. I mean, I was decently into Cinder and Scarlet, but didn’t really get the hype around this series until Cress. This book takes the series to a COMPLETELY different level. The story has built up to something pretty complex by the third book, so I’m not going to try to explain/spoil the overall details. I’ll just go into the characters:
Even though the book’s called Cress, she’s just one of several POVs because the Cinderella and Red Riding Hood characters from the previous books are still carrying the overall story too. Cress is the Rapunzel character who has been imprisoned in a satellite for years, so her hair is absolutely everywhere. She’s a super awesome hacker who’s been cloaking the Lunar ships, but also uses her computer skills to keep tabs on Thorne’s illegal adventures (most of which we saw in the last book). Her celebrity crush on Thorne is probably the cutest thing ever when they end up on this desert adventure/test of survival together as all of the storylines cross.
THE CHARACTERS are so incredibly diverse and amazing and I just ahhhhh cannot explain how wonderful everything is. Thorne becomes a way stronger character in this book and is pretty much Nikolai Lantsov’s twin. Cress is straight up adorable and totally became one of my favorite characters of all time. She starts out as this damsel in distress but still gets stuff done despite being afraid, timid, or just uncertain what this world outside of her satellite is like.
The friendships are seriously so wonderful! I feel like it’s somewhat rare to see strong guy/girl friendships that stay platonic, realistic guy/guy friendships, and healthy girl/girl friendships where they talk about something other than guys. I love every. single. character. And the whole story was even more creative and fun than the previous two!
The Lunar Chronicles really are one of the strongest YA series I’ve found since Harry Potter and I think all ages would love it. I made my elderly parents read it (I’m sure they’ll love that I’m referring to them that way) and they really enjoyed this series too!