Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 3
Publication: Feiwel & Friends (February 4, 2014)
Description: Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.
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.
My Thoughts: CRESS is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles. You must read CINDER and SCARLET to avoid massive confusion.
The story begins with Cress. Cress is a Lunar shell who has been placed in a satellite orbiting Earth to spy on Earth for the Lunar Queen. She is alone in the satellite and has been for seven years. She is about sixteen years old. She is also an accomplished hacker and a fan of fairy tales and opera. Her only visitor is the Thaumaturge Sybil Mara who comes to bring her supplies, take blood samples, and give her orders. She has been gathering information about Cinder as she has been commanded but she hasn't been passing it on. In fact, she has been helping Cinder hide.
Meanwhile, Cinder, Thorne, Scarlet and Wolf are orbiting in Thorne's stolen ship and trying to come up with a plan to keep Emperor Kai from marrying Queen Levana. Cinder doesn't want to be a hero but it looks like the job is hers anyway. She is frightened and very out of her depth. She has just learned that she is a Lunar and the missing Princess Selene who is the rightful heir to the Lunar throne.
They attempt to free Cress from her satellite but in the effort Scarlet is captured and taken to Luna and Thorne and Cress are in the satellite when it crashes in the Sahara Desert. An injured Wolf, Cinder, Iko and a captured Lunar soldier are the only ones left on Wolf's ship. They decide to go to Africa to find Dr. Erland to get medical help for Wolf.
Cress and a now-blind Thorne have to travel through the desert to try to find help. While Thorne tries to convince Cress that he isn't the hero she has imagined, Cress is still convinced that he is the handsome hero who freed her from her tower and that they are destined to be together.
This story weaves Cress's adventures, Cinder's adventures, and even what is happening to Kai as he prepares for his wedding. We see very little of Scarlet once she gets to Luna but what we do see are examples of Lunar contempt to humans.
This story was exciting and really moved the plot along. It was filled with danger, intrigue, and romance. It is the third book in a series of four so nothing was really resolved. I can't wait to read WINTER to see how all these plot threads come together.
Cress shifted back, happy to keep Cinder and Wolf between her and whatever awaited them in the hall.I got this ARC from Macmillan for review. You can buy your copy here.
Iko bent toward her. "That dress looks amazing on you," she said. "Cinder, doesn't she look amazing?"
Cinder sighed as the elevator came to a full stop. "Iko, after this, were going to start working on occasion appropriateness."