Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fairy Tale, Romance
Blurb: 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 been wanting to read this book for SO long, this has been one of my all time favorite YA series and was the reason I decided I wanted to start book blogging, Cinder was my first review ever. I very much enjoyed Scarlet ,the second in the series and was eagerly awaiting the release of Cress, the third in the series, when I became pregnant with my first child. When I had my daughter on October 1st of this year my world turned upside down and I haven’t had time to read as much as I would like. I have never been a huge fan of audiobooks as I like imagining the voices any way I like and in general have a short attention span which doesn’t suit the format, but I am finding now they are the best way for me to read books because I can simultaneously watch Miranda while listening. That is how I finally had the chance to read this quite long volume in the Lunar Chronicles and I am happy to say I was not at all disappointed!
Each of these stories is based on a Fairy Tale, the first being Cinderella, the second Little Red Riding Hood and the third Rapunzel while at the same time being interwoven with a larger plot that is epic in it’s scope involving an impending war between Earthens and The Lunars. Cress like Cinder was a wonderfully drawn character, very innocent and naïve but strong like all of Marissa Meyer’s female protagonist. I loved the way she developed in this story and how her romance with Thorne starts out as adulation to genuine love/respect for each other. Thorne is easily my favorite male character in the series, how can you not like him he is Flynn Rider, Hans Solo and Captain Jack (Dr. Who) all rolled into one awesome package! I loved that we got to see so much of him in this volume. It is very clever the way in each book how she connects them to original fairytale without being obvious and strictly flowing the plotline of the original, i.e. the surprising way Thorne becomes blind midway into the plot. I have to say ladies be prepared for the ‘smoulder’ because there is a lot of Thorne to love in this book!
As for the larger story it was woven together pretty brilliantly and it was fascinating how what seemed like unconnected threads all came together at the end. It was very well plotted because each character got there moment without taking the focus from Cress’s journey. I don’t want to spoil but I loved seeing more of IKO and yet there is one moment where my heart nearly broke because of her. The new character I am the most intrigued by is Winter and I am looking forward to getting to know her in the volumes to come. She reminds me a bit of Drusilla from Buffy, she feels dangerous and yet at the same time sad/broken. Yes, I have already downloaded Fairest and I can’t wait to get to listening to it soon!
So that being said, I loved this book! It had the perfect blend of action, adventure and romance. This author really knows how to keep a plot moving through several volumes and keep you engaged and fascinated for the next volume. If you haven’t started this series, pick up it up immediately!
Audiobook: As for the audiobook it was well done, wasn’t a huge fan of Scarlet’s French accent and I also felt Cress/Cinder sounded too alike. However the narrator did a great job of varying the voices and tones throughout the story.
* I by accident picked up the paperback of this book forgetting that I had already purchased the hardback, what can I say I have new mommy brain. I am going to do a giveaway of the paperback in my next discussion post.