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 higher 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.
“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them.”
The third book in the incredible Lunar Chronicles series weaves the story of Rapunzel in with the rest of the plot; what if Rapunzel’s tower wasn’t really a tower but a satellite orbiting earth?
Cress, an insanely gifted hacker and Lunar shell lives in a satellite where she has no connection with anyone but Queen Levana’s thaumaturge. She is the one who was cloaking Lunar ships for years, including the Ramion where Cinder and her band of rebels call home, and the girl who warned Cinder of Levana’s plan to kill Prince Kai in the first book. Now, she finally establishes contact with the Rampion, asking them to come rescue her. But when the mission goes wrong, the crew ends up separated, trying desperately to regroup and make a plan to take back Luna before Levana kills them.
I loved Cress! She was sheltered and naive, believing the best in people and harboring a massive fangirl crush on Thorne, but she was still strong and amazing! She may have been timid in her satellite, waiting for a knight in shining armor to rescue her, but she was amazingly brave–she risked Levana’s merciless wrath to help Cinder even before she knew her, and she demonstrated such strong resolve when thrust out of her comfort zone into a completely new circumstance and almost certain death.
Cress’s love interest is Thorne, who is pretty much one of the best love interests and also just characters in the world! He has a cocky, confident attitude and comments, which lend themselves to hilarious situations, but is still strong and loyal when needed. I loved him in Scarlet and even more in Cress! I loved seeing Cress and Thorne together ❤
The rest of the crew from the first two books return in this one. As always, Cinder is my absolute favorite (and there are definitely some swoon worthy Cinder/Kai moments which were pretty much the best of the whole book!). Cinder is so much stronger in this one–she’s not unsure and running from her fate anymore, but she’s fully embracing herself and ready to overthrow Levana!
It’s clear how much Wolf and Scarlet love each other as well. There’s not too much of them together in this one, but the love between them is definitely much amplified!
There’s a tiny bit of Winter and her love interest from the fourth book, which I might have overlooked at first but really appreciated reading the second time knowing that they would be together!
Cress is the most intense book so far in terms of fight scenes! There’s plenty of action and moments when I was genuinely worried for the character’s lives! There are plenty of complex, high stakes plans. This is the first book where we really see a war going on, and it’s intense.
I loved this one just as much as I loved the rest of the Lunar Chronicles! Even if you don’t like the previous books so much, you must continue reading because they really just get better and better!
4.5 out of 5 stars above