Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Pub. Date: February 4, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Goodreads says, "In this third book in Marissa Meyer's bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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 prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she'd ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has."
Thanks to Queen Levana, Cress is stuck on a satellite acting as the Queen's spy and technology guru. For years, she has lived on her own, but has always dreamed of visiting Earth and being away from the tight grasp the Queen has on her. She has been in contact with Cinder secretly and Cinder and company attempts to rescue Cress, but things don't go as planned. Cress ends up on Earth with Carswell Thorne, who she happens to have a crush on and to complicate matters further, Scarlet has been kidnapped. Meanwhile, there is the looming marriage of Emperor Kai and Levana, which they can't let happen. But what about who Cinder truly is? It's time for Cinder to take control and save the world.
Cress is an interesting character and one that I immediately warmed up to. Meyer does such a great job of presenting a fairy tale retelling with each new novel in The Lunar Chronicles series, while also bringing something new to the table. Cress, who is reminiscent of Rapunzel, truly tugged on my heartstrings, especially as we learn more about her back story in Cress.
Fans of Cinder won't be disappointed by this series as Meyer spends a lot of time focusing on her quest, but there isn't as much focus on Scarlet and Wolf in Cress as I hoped for. On the other hand, I was pleased that Thorne plays a major role in Cress as I love his character. His charisma is still oozing in this novel and his witty comments are just as strong in this book as the other books in the series.
There's a lot of action in Cress, which kept me engaged with the plot, which is a tough task as this this is such a lengthy tome. I think Meyer could have condensed it a bit, but nonetheless, I was still really into the story and flipping the pages quickly. I can't wait to read Winter, the final book in the series; however, I am sad to see such a fantastic series come to a close.
If you are looking for a YA series that is fresh, filled with adventure, and based on some of your very favorite fairy tales, but with a sci-fi twist, you should check out The Lunar Chronicles series. My only regret is that I didn't start it sooner!