Author: Marissa Meyer
Provided Synopsis: 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.
Review: Without the skip of a beat, Cress begins right where the story left off in Scarlet. Our band of fugitives has increased by two, and now that the wedding between Emperor Kaito and Queen Levana is on the horizon, they know that something must be done to protect Earth from certain destruction. If the Queen of the Lunar Kingdom is crowned empress then there will be no limit to her power; she will dispose of her young husband and rule with the tyranny she is accustomed to. Therefore, in order to learn more about Levana’s plan, Cinder decides to instigate contact with a Lunar citizen with a skill for hacking; Cress had contacted Cinder in the past with information pertinent to Kai’s safety, and Cinder trusts her to help them again.
Because this entire series is a re-telling of classic fairy tales with a science-fiction plot, it is worth nothing that Cress represents the character of Rapunzel. She has been isolated in a satellite, which serves as her tower. Her location had previously been known only by a member of Queen Levana’s entourage, who used her to hack into computer systems on Earth for political surveillance, and for the mysterious collection of Cress’ blood. Rather than follow the lighter version of the story, Marissa Meyer provides her own futuristic twist on the darker version complete with a fall from orbit, an odyssey across the Sahara Desert, and blindness. I liked Cress a great deal, but I, unfortunately, never connected to the relationship between her and Captain Thorne. The Captain is such a dynamic character, yet he often felt tempered in this installment due to his close proximity to Cress and her inability to challenge him or match his fiery quips.
As book three of a quartet, Cress really did feel like it was the middle book of the series, compared to Cinder and Scarlet, which set-up the field and the true players among the characters of The Lunar Chronicles. This book seemed to serve as a way to allow characters to grow more and realize the results of their actions — because every thing that is done comes at a cost when on the cusp of an inter-galactic war. Fans of the series will be pleased, for this story continues to include all of the wonderful components of before: there is humor, there is romance, and the point-of-views from all the previously loved characters are still there. Now that the conclusion is ready to unravel, I really am looking forward to reading Winter next year