February 9, 2014 by Alice in Readerland
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.
Short Review: This book and its titular character are perfection. Read it now everyone, okay? Okay.
Here are some of the reasons why I loved it:
I just 100% adore Cress. She’s made my list of all-time favorite book characters and I loved how there were different sides to her character. I’m a teen girl and love it when I read about such impossibly cool, kick-butt girls my age like Cinder and Scarlet, but I also think that Cress is the character that I’ve been waiting for. She burns a hole through all the stereotypes and comes off as feeling so well-rounded, real, and relateable. She’s smart, and she’s girly. She’s a whiz with computers, but she also feels a rush of excitement when she thinks about seeing her first tree. She has an enormous crush, yet she can think on her feet and save them both from dying. She uses mathematics and deduction to track a spaceship, but she loves getting caught up in music and singing to opera. She’s a brilliant hacker who totally saved Cinder and her gang, but she also daydreams. She’s awkward and shy but gets through situations with her own coping mechanisms. She doesn’t have much physical strength, but she has inner strength. She cries, but can throw a punch when she needs to. She needs to be saved at times, but she also does quite a bit of saving herself.
I love how Marissa Meyer created three girl leads who are so different, flawed, and yet so strong. Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress are all amazing. I’m excited to see what she does with Winter. Speaking of Winter, I’m really, really hoping that we get to see quite a bit more of Cress in Winter! I just love her, and I especially want to see her with more of her new confidence.
I was staring at the name Darnel wondering if it had any meaning when I suddenly realized that it was an anagram of Erland, and I think that’s pretty awesome!!! (Although I wonder whether Darnel or Erland came first…) I had figured out the meaning of “Thorne,” but I was curious about the words “Carswell” and “Rampion” so I looked them up, and I’m dubbing Marissa Meyer the Queen of Naming Characters.
I love, love, love spy and heist stories, so when Cinder came up with their plan and they all donned disguises and into *spoilers* I thought it was fabulous.
I can’t say anything because then this review would be full of spoilers but I’m pretty sure that if you read this book you will be squeeing and saying things like “My OTP! My OTP!” and also saying things like:
So obviously I wouldn’t want to be stuck in Cress’ satellite for seven years. But maybe I would for seven hours. The way Marissa describes the planets and stars and all of Cress’ technology are some of my favorite descriptions. They make me happy.
I want a
castle satellite. Imagine him saying satellite.
The Writing in General
I made a guess about who Cress was before the book was released (and I was really excited to see that I was right) but the journey was twist after twist after twist. Marissa makes you laugh then makes you cry then makes you scream then makes you smile.
Also, Middle Book Syndrome? Marissa is all:
Marissa Meyer is completely immune to Middle Book Syndrome. All her books are awesome.
Cynical Cindy Says
This book has set ridiculously high standards for all other books for the rest of the year. I have a feeling I won’t be satisfied until I read Winter.
5 out of 5 teacups
I’ve only given 3 or 4 other books on my entire blog 5 entire teacups! This is also the gushiest review I have ever written and this book 100% deserves it. :)
If you haven’t yet, go read Cress now!