Lunar Chronicles #3
Published Feb 2014 by Feiwel and Friends
YA, Scifi, Fairy-tale Retelling, Dystopia | 550 pages
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.
Book Review: ★★★★★
I absolutely loved every bit of this novel. I loved seeing Cress’s life on the satellite before and after she meets Cinder (and the gang). It was so interesting to see how she reacted to her world, literally, crashing down around her. I adore Cress and her crush on Captain Thorne. I find her character very likeable and she actually reminds me a lot of one of my best friends. I loved seeing the rest of the characters adapt and evolve as the story progressed and my heart raced with every obstacle that they had to go through both together and alone. I also really enjoyed seeing more of Queen Levana and viewing things from her perspective. It was great to read and learn more about the Lunars in this book and I hope that we see more of that in the next book.
The introduction of Princess Winter was interesting to say the least. She wasn’t what I expected and I find her very intriguing. I’m not sure exactly what to think of her but I am hoping that she turns out to be on Cinder’s side. I definitely look forward to seeing her point of view in the next installment.
As per usual with Meyer’s works, the writing was perfectly done. Even though the characters have gotten split up and we are constantly thrown from one point of view to another, I didn’t feel confused or disoriented. I love how she has found this perfect blend of world building, dialogue and plenty of heart racing and wrenching plot twists. And now I have to impatiently wait for Winter to come out. This series and author is definitely one of my favorites and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a) a good read or b) a fairy tale retelling that has a very unique twist.