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Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 4th 2014
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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 have to start this review by mentioning the absolutely BRILLIANT level of storytelling in Cress. Marissa is a strong writer, and in this third volume of the series, her character development, plot and setting simply shine. As usual, Marissa interweaves a fairy tale seamlessly within her sci-fi world (this time it’s loosely based on Rapunzel), and the moment I met Cress, I fell in love with her.
Why, you ask? First, she is the ultimate fangirl of Captain Thorne (and hey, so am I). Second, she is a geek girl who can code and program just about any issue from her lonely satellite that orbits the Earth every 16 hours. In other words, she’s the perfect addition to Cinder’s team. So in case you haven’t guessed it, I have been waiting for a Thorne-centric story, and this story is simply EVERYTHING to me. Just wait until you read his snarky comments and Cress’ fangirl reactions. The fangirl in me was in absolute heaven swooning and worrying with everyone one of their exchanges.
Don’t worry, as in Scarlet, we get to see all the characters we’ve grown to love, and the plot line wraps itself around what will surely be a big, mushroom cloud of an ending in Winter. If you haven’t picked up this series, this should be your very next binge read. And if you’re a fan of the audiobooks, the Lunar Chronicles audiobooks are so well narrated.
I have to admit that I’m mildly concerned how Marissa will top this story with Fairest and Winter, because this story is definitely one that I will read (or listen to) over and over again.