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. (Source)
Plot: Following Cinder (the retelling of Cinderella), and Scarlet (the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood), this book tells the story of Cress. Similar to the last books, it follows loosely along with the story of Rapunzel. It follows the story pretty accurately, just a little more futuristic. When I read this I mostly thought of Tangled and it fit about the same. When Cress was younger, she was taken away from her family and ended up working for the evil Queen Levana. She was stuck on a satellite in the middle of space with no one to talk to except the occasional visit from Levana’s minions. In the end of Scarlet, Cress decided to help Cinder and her friends out. Now we see the aftermath of that decision.
Characters: Throughout the books, Marissa Meyer just adds more and more characters to the mix. We here from Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, and now Cress and Thorne. And even though there are so many character voices in your head as you read, it’s amazing that you realize they all have different voices. I can pretty much tell who is talking at all times based on their personality, and I think that’s something Meyer does very well. Cress is so different from the other leading ladies. She’s scared, innocent, and fragile. She does want to help, but she doesn’t always know how to. She also is certain she is in love with Thorne after only a few days. But because this isn’t a Disney movie, it makes her seem even more naive than before. I like Cress because I think out of all of them, she has the most maturing and growing to do. It isn’t all her fault (she was kidnapped and hidden after all), but it’s interesting to see her learn and grow.
Cover: Just as I have loved the other covers, I love this one as well. Each one has that pop of red, and they even tied it into this book. It’s easy to see which fairy tale this book is mimicking just by looking at the long braid of hair. This is also the cover that has an actual person shown, rather than just a shoe or a hand.
Closing Thoughts: Honestly, this is now one of my all time favorite book series. The characters are just so relateable and the story is so interesting. One of my main complaints with the last book is that there were so many characters, it was hard to keep track of. It doesn’t make sense, but somehow it didn’t feel like that with this book. And there were more characters than last time! I think Meyer has it pretty much down at this point. The books keep getting a little bigger and bigger as they series goes on, but it doesn’t feel like it drags on. This is the kind of series I could honestly read forever. Of course, I can’t really give it anything other than an A. There’s nothing I can even complain about other than wishing I could read it forever.
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