Published: February 4th, 2014 by Feiwel and Friends
Source: Bought (Paperback)
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 LOVED Cinder. (5 stars.) I really ENJOYED Scarlet. (4 stars.) With Cress, I'm almost back to the LOVED.
My only problem? The POVs. They got to be too much. With so many characters, I understand. If it had all been from Cress and Thorne's POVs, we'd be missing out on so much. And considering how much I loved Cinder and how eager I was for some Cinder and Kai interactions, I obviously needed those POV chapters. There's no way this story could have been told without all of it. But it got tiring for me. Something would happen to a character - like what happened with Scarlet - and we'd be left with a cliffhanger and not see that character again for two or three chapters. And I'd be so eager to find out what happened to that character that I'd start rushing through the current chapter and resenting whoever's POV it was from. And Cress is a long book, so that made it a little hard for me. (Were the random Levana/Sybil chapters necessary? I know they were rare, but WERE THEY REALLY NECESSARY?)
But that is absolutely the only issue I had.
I'm going to come right out and say it: I'm obsessed with Thorne. I can't even tell you why. Especially since he didn't appear to actually have all these altruistic reasons for getting into trouble like Cress thought. (Or did he? DID HE LIE? I DON'T KNOW. I'M SO CONFUSED.) But he's obviously a caring person, no matter how much he tries to pretend he isn't. And he's not that "pure asshole on the outside, supposedly pure marshmallow on the inside" kind of guy, either. He's so fun and I JUST WANT TO SQUISH HIM. I devoured any chapter that he was in. Also, the blindness in Cress was an interesting touch.
|Look, this mood board had a really cool concept. Ultimately, I got lazy. As usual. Click for a larger version, though!|
Oddly enough, though Cinder is still my favorite character, I'd say Thorne and Cress have definitely taken over the title of favorite ship in this series for me. They made my poor heart feel ten sizes too big for my chest. I know some people were annoyed with the fact that Cress has basically been in love with him forever and never really realizes better, but I just found it so...cute? And I think they're so perfectly matched for each other and basically GIVE ME TEN MORE BOOKS ABOUT THEM.
Though obviously, I was super excited for Kai and Cinder to finally interact again. AND MARISSA MEYER DID NOT DISAPPOINT. *swoons*
Did I forget about the plot? Almost. Oops. I JUST LOVE THESE CHARACTERS SO MUCH. But, as always, the plot made my heart race and Levana is as creepy as ever.
Overall: Marissa Meyer's writing is basically perfect. Her characters are even better and I basically want to make out with this book. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with this series when it ends. 4.5 stars. But really probably 5. I'm just bitter about my conflicted feelings over all the POVs.