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.
I enjoyed Cress more than Scarlet, but Cinder is still the best in my opinion. Cinder was fresh and interesting, while the other two books just elaborated on the same ideas. Nothing new has been brought to the table, which is a shame because Cinder was really cool. Each book just gets more confusing with more characters and not enough substance.
That being said, I still enjoyed reading Cress. It is a fun, light book with touches of romance and action. The retelling of Rapunzel is really well done. It is integrated throughout the whole novel but is still recognizable as the fairy tale.
The plots starts off at a decent pace but at least a third of the book is boring filler. This section is where most of the character development happens, but I still feel that a lot of it was unnecessary. Thankfully the ending is very exciting and suspenseful, because I was tempted to start skimming through. A lot goes on in the last 50 pages or so and the ending is really good.
I love Cress’s character and her dynamic with the other characters – especially Thorne. Her awkwardness in social situations is cute and I was able able to connect and sympathize with her. I love the fact that she’s a hacker and enjoyed all the parts in where she did something cool on a computer. Her relationship with Thorne is so much different than your typical young adult novel romance. There was no insta-love, and it built up slowly. They both needed to tear down their initial impressions of each other in order to realize their feelings for each other.
The other characters were present too – Wolf, Scarlet, Iko, Kai. The only character that continued to develop was Kai, who still remains my favourite. He continues to struggle finding the balance between what is best for the world and what is best for himself. Some of the more minor characters were really interesting as well. Dr. Erland stood out especially because of his role in both the plot and his relationship with the other characters. I really would have liked to see a little more development with the other characters and I still don’t get Wolf and Scarlet’s relationship.
I really hope Winter doesn’t turn out to be a disappointment, because that many characters and plots can either lead to a disaster or an amazing book.
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