by Marissa Meyer
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.
So waiting for Cress was agony. I do not know how people who started the series when Cinder came out have survived so far. I do not know how I am going to survive till Winter!
[Granted, a lot has happened in my life since finishing Scarlet and Cress coming out in stores which led to me having to wait a few days before actually cracking my copy of the novel open. I then proceeded to finish it in two days.]
The ragtag team slowly forming on the Rampion is my favourite ever. I love that so far, all the females (I am including Iko in this) have been friends. They are not jealous of one another, and all their characters are so varied. They are all strong in their own ways, they all have flaws, they all have weaknesses – it is a very real group of women who have found themselves in a very bad situation and are learning to work together and trust one another.
Thorne is still a snarky ass, and I love it. I love the take on the original fairy tale being included in his dealings with Cress – his first meeting is, per Thorne’s lack of tact, embarrassing for her, but he still goes on to help her, save her – and then loses his eyesight for it.
Cress. Oh Cress, I think I love Cress more than I thought I would. I mean, it was a Cress excerpt that got me into this series, but the more I read of Cress’ point of view, the more I hurt for the poor girl. Despite everything she has been through – the years of seclusion and emotional manipulation, she managed to retain such a goodness, such hope, that you cannot help but root for her to get her happy ending. Even as the novel progresses and her illusions of life are stripped away, she holds on to that hope. It is wonderfully heartbreaking.
I called one plot twist. The other? Not so much. Also, Thorne, could you be more of an idiot? (Answer: Yes, yes, he could. It’s a good thing he’s charming.)
Jacin Clay was an interesting addition, and I cannot wait to learn more about him and Winter in the next novel.
Scarlet’s storyline hurts me, because she is hurting and Wolf is hurting and they are separated and it was bad enough that Cinder and Kai were separated as well – and Kai was getting married to Levana – but then Wolf and Scarlet too? Not only that, Scarlet was being hurt. I hope we get to see more of her in the next novel, more of how she fights for survival, because Scarlet Benoit is many things, but firstly, she’s a fighter. And she’s not going to give up.
Kai, oh man, poor Kai. He is stuck between a rock and a hard place but his heart is not letting him give up on Cinder. On hope. (I love that his wedding planner is Indian, that she mother’s him – and I feel really sorry about the fact that she has to deal with Levana and her people.)
Cinder slowly finding her place, who she is – gorgeous development. Cinder and Kai reuniting might be my favourite scene. Excluding the end with them, of course.
Between the almost instant attraction of Scarlet and Wolf (even if their relationship took a while), Cress and Thorne’s slowly progressing friendship, the allusion to Jacin and Winter having known each other forever, and Cinder and Kai, Marissa has weaved four very different love stories but made them all so interconnected and individual. I love it.
I have to admit, I could have done with some Pearl in the novel. It is odd, but true. As horrible as she was to Cinder, it would have been nice to have her react to Peony’s death, to being invited to the ball, to everything that is happening around her. I know in a series with so many characters, minor characters are sidelined, but it would have been nice. It was nice to get an Adri/Cinder confrontation though. Cinder got some closure, and more insights into herself.
Now I have to wait a year for Winter. Sigh. The things we do when we fall in love with writing.