Published on: February 4th 2014
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Genre: YA Dystopian
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This book is part of the Lunar Chronicles series. You can find my reviews for the rest of the series below:
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)
Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #3.5)
Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4)
Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5)
(summary from Goodreads)
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.
Oh no! How am I going to cope with the 2 month wait for the next and final book in this incredible series?!
I really liked Cress. She was totally different to Cinder and Scarlet and totally naive to the world (being stuck in a satellite orbiting the Earth for many years will do that to a girl!). Now normally naive characters annoy me, I get bored of them very quickly and start to hate them. But I’m very glad to say that this didn’t happen. Cress has this sort of innocence about her and you can’t help but like her and want her make all her discoveries about the world. I love that she was the twist of Rapunzal, and how her story just seemed to fit so well in with everyone elses.
“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.“
Once again Meyer has made some brilliant character additions whilst at the same time keep our old favourites front and centre. Her ability to write from various POVs without making the story confusing really shows in this book as out characters are spread across her incredible world. We’ve been very used to Cinder & Thorne and Scarlet & Wolf but in this book all that changes. The team end up separated for a time and each group ends up with their own problem to solve. It was really interesting seeing how they all coped and how new bonds grew out of this unexpected situation.
“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder.”
This book was considerably thicker than the first two, and Marissa Meyer did not waste a single word of it. With three heroines to follow now you can see why she needs the extra pages, but also just the amount of everything that happens in this book. We’ve got preparations for a royal wedding, the start of a rebellion and some totally cute and romantic moments. The action in this book, just like the previous, was written incredibly well and I found my heart racing the entire time! But it was the last few chapters which really blew me away and really set this series up well for it’s final installment.
“Here we are, risking our lives to rescue Kai and this whole planet, and Adri and Pearl get to go to the royal wedding. I’m disgusted. I hope they spill soy sauce on their fancy dresses.”
Jacin’s concern turned fast to annoyance. “Your ship has some messed-up priorities, you know that?”
There was a lot of expectations of a new romance in this book, and those of you would be right. But there is also heartbreak and maybe a second chance for love too. I really enjoy the way that Meyer is able to intertwine the romance into this story but without making it feel romance heavy. There is a lot of love in this book, and it’s not all romance. There are some great friendships thrown in their too, and this group of characters has got to be one of my most favorite groups I have ever read. She seems to take the best bits of several genres and manages to write them all into one epic series.
“Listen, Cress, I hate to break this to you, but I am sweaty and itchy and haven’t brushed my teeth in two days. This just isn’t a good time for romance.”
The Once again the world building in this book was amazing and my imagination was working on overdrive. Even when I wasn’t reading this book I found that my thoughts were on it. Marissa Meyer has been so creative with this series and I am completely in awe of the world, characters and story that she has created for us all as well as managing to mix in some fairytale aspects too. I wish I had a mind like this lady because, well she is amazing.
“I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed.“
After the amazingness that is this book, the wait for Winter is going to be excruciating, but I count myself lucky that I arrived late to this party so I have less of a wait than everyone else!
Re-Readability: Yes! Yes! Yes!
I would recommend this book to fans of: Retellings, futuristic worlds, YA dystopians