Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Publication: February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & FriendsGenre: Young Adult ~ Dystopia ~ Fantasy
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Cover Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
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.
It came not as a surprise that Cress was absolutely amazing – just like Cinder and Scarlet were. I’m so glad I started it as soon as I could instead of waiting months after I received the book like I did with the other ones. Oh and if you haven’t started this series yet, I’m highly recommending you do it right now!
I loved Cress (I’m talking about the character). She was wonderful to read about. I love how being stuck in that satellite for so many years didn’t stop her from hoping and dreaming (and crushing on Thorne). I also really liked how awkward and rather naive she was. All together she was simply adorable. Especially together with Thorne.
Speaking of Thorne… as much as I love Kai and Wolf, Thorne is just my soulmate. This book definitely sealed that deal for me. I love him so so much. He’s hilarious, sexy as hell even when he’s blind (don’t ask. just read) and at times even vulnerable. What more can someone want? I really loved the scenes with him and Cress. And there were a bunch. They fit together perfectly (although you wouldn’t think so from the first look of them) and I do hope we get to see more of them in the next book because honestly? I have found my new favorite bookish couple.
Aside from them we also saw Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Iko… pretty much the whole gang. I’m not going to go into detail about them but naturally I love reading about any of them and I must say there are some pretty intense and amazing scenes for them too so it’s not all about Cress (not that I would’ve minded that).
The plot was also really good. I just want to bow down to Marissa Meyer at her cleverness with this book. It kept building and building… and yes, there were a few unexpected twists… Things I didn’t even see coming but gods, did I ever love them. The ending was also pretty good and making me despair with how long I have to wait until the next book.
Oh and we also got introduced to Winter (who will be featuring in the 4th book) and boy, I am so excited because the little bit we saw of her was definitely interesting. I can’t wait to get into that and find out more.
Cress was totally and truly awesome. Was it better than Cinder and/or Scarlet? I couldn’t say because all the books in the series pretty much go hand in hand for me. All I know is these 550 pages of fantastic writing, action, romance and overall amazingness was definitely worth it. Now all we can do is wait for the fourth book.
It always came back to love. More than freedom, more than acceptance—love. True love, like they sang about in the second era. The kind that filled up a person’s soul. The kind that lent itself to dramatic gestures and sacrifices. The kind that was irresistible and all-encompassing.
“Captain,” she murmured. “I think I’m in love with you.”
An eyebrow shot up. She counted six beats of his heart before, suddenly, he laughed.
“Don’t tell me it took you two whole days to realize that. I must be losing my touch.”
“An animal?” Thorne said, and she realized he’d been waiting for her to further explain what she was seeing.
“It has long legs and horns and…and it’s beautiful.”
“Oh, good, we’re back to this, then.”
“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.”
Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf . . .), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was given a small book of them when she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder is her first novel.