Published by Feiwel & Friends on 4 February 2014
Source: Purchased Physical Copy
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.
Thoughts: There are so many characters, so many points of view, so much going on, and yet everything comes together and just works. If you like to fangirl, this is a great series to fangirl over.
The political landscape of the story is fantastic and Queen Levena is a great bad guy. She’s got some secrets that are hinted at, and seems utterly cruel and without remorse. It is clear she has been playing this power game for a long time and has the upperhand–more advanced weapons, stronger soldiers, and a cure for the plague that is devastating Earth’s population. I love that the plague has developed and is still a major part of the story, as it was one of my favorite elements in Cinder.
The suspense builds throughout the entire novel. More happens then I expect, the stories never go the way I think they will, and the characters are constantly in dangerous and precarious situations. Honestly, Cress felt a little like Ocean’s 11 at the end, which I loved because the book was able to be fantastic without being the exact same thing as the previous books.
However, what makes me love these books is the characters. I loved Cinder and Kai from the beginning, and they have grown on me ever since. Even though they have not seen each other since book 1, they’re actions get back to one another and it feels like flirting. Then there is Scarlet and Wolf. They don’t have everything figured out, but I love their dynamic. Wolf is devastated that Scarlet has been captured and brought to Luna. I love seeing them both struggle, not just in their situations, but as people.
As for Cress, she is a delightful addition to our rebel crew. She is an ungifted Lunar, but an incredibly talented programmer. She has followed the news and fallen for Thorne the way the rest of us did when reading Scarlett. Seeing her meet her idol and then fall for him as a person was wonderful. It made my heart feel light in a book where a lot of bad things were happening. And I am okay with the way things ended with them, View Spoiler » afraid to tell each other how they really feel, but obviously still caring deeply for each other. « Hide Spoiler I am so excited to see more of them in Winter.
Speaking of Princess Winter, she became the unexpected highlight of this book for me. Yes, I know she is barely in it, but every time she was mentioned, I got excited. She is one of the most interesting characters to me, and when we finally meet her, briefly, at the end, I wanted her book right away. Add to that the potential romance with Jacin, my other new favorite. Jacin is a queen’s guard who is loyal to Princess Winter and bands with Cinder for most of the book. I can not wait for more of both characters in the next (and final, I think) book!
WTF Moment: Scarlet gets stranded on Luna and the way she is tortured is… *shudder*.
Overall: This series just gets better and better. I recommend it to people all the time, and I’m looking forward to the final installment next year.