The third book in the #1 New York Times- and USA Today-Bestselling Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer! The evil space queen gives an imprisoned hacker orders to track down our cyborg heroine and her team of reimagined fairytale characters. Can the Rapunzel-like hacker break free and help them instead?
"An interesting mash up of fairy tales and science fiction . . . a cross between Cinderella, Terminator, and Star Wars."Entertainment Weekly on the Lunar Chronicles
"Prince Charming among the cyborgs." The Wall Street Journal on the Lunar Chronicles
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.
Find out what happens in another richly imagined adventure in Marissa Meyer's world of fairytale (with characters based off of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel), science fiction, and intergalatic intruigue.
Don't miss these other books from #1 New York Times- and USA Today-Bestselling author Marissa Meyer:
The Lunar Chronicles:
The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book
Wires and Nerve: Vol. 1
Wires and Nerve: Vol. 2
Renegades: Book One
Praise for the Lunar Chronicles:
#1 New York Times-Bestselling Series
USA Today Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
"Terrific." Los Angeles Times
"Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairytalegenre." The Seattle Times
"Epic awesome." Bustle
"A binge-reading treat." MTV
"Takes the classic to a whole new level." NPR
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Her satellite made one full orbit around planet Earth every sixteen hours. It was a prison that came with an endlessly breathtaking view—vast blue oceans and swirling clouds and sunrises that set half the world on fire.
When she was first imprisoned, she had loved nothing more than to stack her pillows on top of the desk that was built into the walls and drape her bed linens over the screens, making a small alcove for herself. She would pretend that she was not on a satellite at all, but in a podship en route to the blue planet. Soon she would land and step out onto real dirt, feel real sunshine, smell real oxygen.
She would stare at the continents for hours and hours, imagining what that must be like.
Her view of Luna, however, was always to be avoided. Some days her satellite passed so close that the moon took up the entire view and she could make out the enormous glinting domes on its surface and the sparkling cities where the Lunars lived. Where she, too, had lived. Years ago. Before she’d been banished.
As a child, Cress had hidden from the moon during those achingly long hours. Sometimes she would escape to the small washroom and distract herself by twisting elaborate braids into her hair. Or she would scramble beneath her desk and sing lullabies until she fell asleep. Or she would dream up a mother and a father, and imagine how they would play make-believe with her and read her adventure stories and brush her hair lovingly off her brow, until finally—finally—the moon would sink again behind the protective Earth, and she was safe.
Even now, Cress used those hours to crawl beneath her bed and nap or read or write songs in her head or work out complicated coding. She still did not like to look at the cities of Luna; she harbored a secret paranoia that if she could see the Lunars, surely they could look up beyond their artificial skies and see her.
For more than seven years, this had been her nightmare.
But now the silver horizon of Luna was creeping into the corner of her window, and Cress paid no attention. This time, her wall of invisi-screens was showing her a brand-new nightmare. Brutal words were splattered across the newsfeeds, photos and videos blurring in her vision as she scrolled from one feed to the next. She couldn’t read fast enough.
14 CITIES ATTACKED WORLDWIDE
2-HOUR MURDER SPREE RESULTS IN 16,000 EARTHEN DEATHS
LARGEST MASSACRE IN THIRD ERA
The net was littered with horrors. Victims dead in the streets with shredded abdomens and blood leaking into the gutters. Feral men-creatures with gore on their chins and beneath their fingernails and staining the fronts of their shirts. She scrolled through them all with one hand pressed over her mouth. Breathing became increasingly difficult as the truth of it all sank in.
This was her fault.
For months she had been cloaking those Lunar ships from Earthen detection, doing Mistress Sybil’s bidding without question, like the well-trained lackey she was.
Now she knew just what kind of monsters had been aboard those ships. Only now did she understand what Her Majesty had been planning all along, and it was far too late.
16,000 EARTHEN DEATHS
Earth had been taken unaware, and all because she hadn’t been brave enough to say no to Mistress’s demands. She had done her job and then turned a blind eye to it all.
She averted her gaze from the pictures of death and carnage, focusing on another news story that suggested more horrors to come.
Emperor Kaito of the Eastern Commonwealth had put an end to the attacks by agreeing to marry Lunar Queen Levana.
Queen Levana was to become the Commonwealth’s new empress.
The shocked journalists of Earth were scrambling to determine their stance on this diplomatic yet controversial arrangement. Some were in outrage, proclaiming that the Commonwealth and the rest of the Earthen Union should be preparing for war, not a wedding. But others were hastily trying to justify the alliance. With a swirl of her fingers on the thin, transparent screen, Cress raised the audio of a man who was going on about the potential benefits. No more attacks or speculations on when an attack might come. Earth would come to understand the Lunar culture better. They would share technological advances. They would be allies.
And besides, Queen Levana only wanted to rule the Eastern Commonwealth. Surely she would leave the rest of the Earthen Union alone.
But Cress knew they would be fools to believe it. Queen Levana was going to become empress, then she would have Emperor Kaito murdered, claim the country for her own, and use it as a launching pad to assemble her army before invading the rest of the Union. She would not stop until the entire planet was under her control. This small attack, these sixteen thousand deaths … they were only the beginning.
Silencing the broadcast, Cress set her elbows on her desk and dug both hands into her hive of blonde hair. She was suddenly cold, despite the consistently maintained temperature inside the satellite. One of the screens behind her was reading aloud in a child’s voice that had been programmed during four months of insanity-inducing boredom when she was ten years old. The voice was too chipper for the material it quoted: a medical blog from the American Republic announcing the results of an autopsy performed on one of the Lunar soldiers.
The bones had been reinforced with calcium-rich biotissue, while the cartilage in major joints was infused with a saline solution for added flexibility and pliability. Orthodontic implants replaced the canine and incisor teeth with those mimicking the teeth of a wolf, and we see the same bone reinforcement around the jaw to allow for the strength to crush material such as bone and other tissue. Remapping of the central nervous system and extensive psychological tampering were responsible for the subject’s unyielding aggression and wolf-like tendencies. Dr. Edelstein has theorized that an advanced manipulation technique of the brain’s bioelectric waves may also have played a role in—
The sweet ten-year-old’s voice was silenced, leaving the satellite humming with the sounds that had long ago been relegated to the back of Cress’s consciousness. The whirring of fans. The thrumming of the life support system. The gurgling of the water recycling tank.
Cress gathered the thick locks of hair at the nape of her neck and pulled the tail over her shoulder—it had a tendency to get caught up in the wheels of her chair when she wasn’t careful. The screens before her flickered and scrolled as more and more information came in from the Earthen feeds. News was coming out from Luna too, on their “brave soldiers” and “hard-fought victory”—crown-sanctioned drivel, naturally. Cress had stopped paying attention to Lunar news when she was twelve.
She mindlessly wrapped her ponytail around her left arm, spiraling it from elbow to wrist, unaware of the tangles clumping in her lap.
“Oh, Cress,” she murmured. “What are we going to do?”
Her ten-year-old self piped back, “Please clarify your instructions, Big Sister.”
Cress shut her eyes against the screen’s glare. “I understand that Emperor Kai is only trying to stop a war, but he must know this won’t stop Her Majesty. She’s going to kill him if he goes through with this, and then where will Earth be?” A headache pounded at her temples. “I thought for certain Linh Cinder had told him at the ball, but what if I’m wrong? What if he still has no idea of the danger he’s in?”
Spinning in her chair, she swiped her fingers across a muted newsfeed, punched in a code, and called up the hidden window that she checked a hundred times a day. The D-COMM window opened like a black hole, abandoned and silent, on top of her desk. Linh Cinder still had not tried to contact her. Perhaps her chip had been confiscated or destroyed. Perhaps Linh Cinder didn’t even have it anymore.
Huffing, Cress dismissed the link and, with a few hasty taps of her fingertips, cascaded a dozen different windows in its place. They were linked to a spider alert service that was constantly patrolling the net for any information related to the Lunar cyborg who had been taken into custody a week earlier. Linh Cinder. The girl who had escaped from New Beijing Prison. The girl who had been Cress’s only chance of telling Emperor Kaito the truth about Queen Levana’s intentions should he agree to the marriage alliance.
The major feed hadn’t been updated in eleven hours. In the hysteria of the Lunar invasion, Earth seemed to have forgotten about their most-wanted fugitive.
Pulse hiccupping, Cress grasped the arms of her chair. “Yes, Little Cress?”
“Mistress’s ship detected. Expected arrival in twenty-two seconds.”
Cress catapulted from her chair at the word mistress, spoken even all those years ago with a tinge of dread.
Her movements were a precisely choreographed dance, one she had mastered after years of practice. In her mind, she became a second-era ballerina, skimming across a shadowy stage as Little Cress counted down the seconds.
00:21. Cress pressed her palm onto the mattress-deploy button.
00:20. She swiveled back to the screen, sending all feeds of Linh Cinder beneath a layer of Lunar crown propaganda.
00:19. The mattress landed with a thunk on the floor, the pillows and blankets wadded up just as she’d left them.
00:18. 17. 16. Her fingers danced across the screens, hiding Earthen newsfeeds and netgroups.
00:15. A turn, a quick search for two corners of her blanket.
00:14. A flick of her wrists, casting the blanket up like a wind-caught sail.
00:13. 12. 11. She smoothed and tugged her way to the opposite side of the bed, pivoting toward the screens on the other side of her living quarters.
00:10. 9. Earthen dramas, music recordings, second-era literature, all dismissed.
00:08. A swivel back toward the bed. A graceful turning down of the blanket.
00:07. Two pillows symmetrically stacked against the headboard. A flourish of her arm to pull out the hair that had gotten caught beneath the blanket.
00:06. 5. A glissade across the floor, dipping and spinning, gathering up every discarded sock and hair tie and sending them into the renewal chute.
00:04. 3. A sweep of the desks, collecting her only bowl, her only spoon, her only glass, and a handful of stylus pens, and depositing them into the pantry cabinet.
00:02. A final pirouette to scan her work.
00:01. A pleased exhalation, culminating in a graceful bow.
“Mistress has arrived,” said Little Cress. “She is requesting an extension of the docking clamp.”
The stage, the shadows, the music, all fell away from Cress’s thoughts, though a practiced smile remained on her lips. “Of course,” she chirped, swanning toward the main boarding ramp. There were two ramps on her satellite, but only one had ever been used. She wasn’t even sure if the opposite entrance functioned. Each wide metal door opened up to a docking hatch and, beyond that, space.
Except for when there was a podship anchored there. Mistress’s podship.
Cress tapped in the command. A diagram on the screen showed the clamp extending, and she heard the thump as the ship attached. The walls jolted around her.
She had the next moments memorized, could have counted the heartbeats between each familiar sound. The whir of the small spacecraft’s engines powering down. The clang of the hatch attaching and sealing around the podship. The vacuum as oxygen was pushed into the space. The beep confirming that travel between the two modules was safe. The opening of the spacecraft. Steps echoing on the walkway. The whoosh of the satellite entrance.
There had been a time when Cress had hoped for warmth and kindness from her mistress. That perhaps Sybil would look at her and say, “My dear, sweet Crescent, you have earned the trust and respect of Her Majesty, the Queen. You are welcome to return with me to Luna and be accepted as one of us.”
That time had long since passed, but Cress’s practiced smile held firm even in the face of Mistress Sybil’s coldness. “Good day, Mistress.”
Sybil sniffed. The embroidered sleeves of her white jacket fluttered around the large case she carried, filled with her usual provisions: food and fresh water for Cress’s confinement and, of course, the medical kit. “So you’ve found her, have you?”
Cress winced around her frozen grin. “Found her, Mistress?”
“If it is a good day, then you must have finally completed the simple task I’ve given you. Is that it, Crescent? Have you found the cyborg?”
Cress lowered her gaze and dug her fingernails into her palms. “No, Mistress. I haven’t found her.”
“I see. So it isn’t a good day after all, is it?”
“I only meant … Your company is always…” She trailed off. Forcing her hands to unclench, she dared to meet Mistress Sybil’s glare. “I was just reading the news, Mistress. I thought perhaps we were pleased about Her Majesty’s engagement.”
Sybil dropped the case onto the crisply made bed. “We will be satisfied once Earth is under Lunar control. Until then, there is work to be done, and you should not be wasting your time reading news and gossip.”
Sybil neared the monitor that held the secret window with the D-COMM feed and the evidence of Cress’s betrayal to the Lunar crown, and Cress stiffened. But Sybil reached past it to a screen displaying a vid of Emperor Kaito speaking in front of the Eastern Commonwealth flag. With a touch, the screen cleared, revealing the metal wall and a tangle of heating tubes behind it.
Cress slowly released her breath.
“I certainly hope you’ve found something.”
She stood taller. “Linh Cinder was spotted in the European Federation, in a small town in southern France, at approximately 18:00 local ti—”
“I’m well aware of all that. And then she went to Paris and killed a thaumaturge and some useless special operatives. Anything else, Crescent?”
Cress swallowed and began winding her hair around both wrists in a looping figure eight. “At 17:48, in Rieux, France, the clerk of a ship-and-vehicle parts store updated the store inventory, removing one power cell that would be compatible with a 214 Rampion, Class 11.3, but not notating any sort of payment. I thought perhaps Linh Cinder stole … or maybe glamoured…” She hesitated. Sybil liked to keep up the pretense that the cyborg was a shell, even though they both knew it wasn’t true. Unlike Cress, who was a true shell, Linh Cinder had the Lunar gift. It may have been buried or hidden somehow, but it had certainly made itself known at the Commonwealth’s annual ball.
“A power cell?” Sybil said, passing over Cress’s hesitation.
“It converts compressed hydrogen into energy in order to propel—”
“I know what it is,” Sybil snapped. “You’re telling me that the only progress you’ve made is finding evidence that she’s making repairs to her ship? That it’s going to become even more difficult to track her down, a task that you couldn’t even manage when they were on Earth?”
“I’m sorry, Mistress. I’m trying. It’s just—”
“I’m not interested in your excuses. All these years I’ve persuaded Her Majesty to let you live, under the premise that you had something valuable to offer, something even more valuable than blood. Was I wrong to protect you, Crescent?”
She bit her lip, withholding a reminder of all she’d done for Her Majesty during her imprisonment. Designing countless spy systems for keeping watch on Earth’s leaders, hacking the communication links between diplomats, and jamming satellite signals to allow the queen’s soldiers to invade Earth undetected, so that now the blood of sixteen thousand Earthens was on her hands. It made no difference. Sybil cared only about Cress’s failures, and not finding Linh Cinder was Cress’s biggest failure to date.
“I’m sorry, Mistress. I’ll try harder.”
Sybil’s eyes narrowed. “I’ll be very displeased if you don’t find me that girl, and soon.”
Held by Sybil’s gaze, she felt like a moth pinned to an examination board. “Yes, Mistress.”
“Good.” Reaching forward, Sybil petted her cheek. It felt almost like a mother’s approval, but not quite. Then she turned away and released the locking mechanisms on the case. “Now then,” she said, retrieving a hypodermic needle from the medical kit. “Your arm.”
Copyright © 2014 by Rampion Books, Inc.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
*I received an advanced copy from the publishers -Plot & Characters This book has surpassed my expectations. Everything falls apart so quickly – it had me shaking and hardly breathing. Each individual plot is so expertly crafted that it demands attention. The logic is clean and motives behind the characters’ actions are believable. Cinder: the levelheaded cyborg is struggling with her identity as a Lunar and trying to master her gift in time to stop the wedding. But with the guilt of an attempted rescue gone wrong, she is catapulted into an unforeseen path that leads her to a startling realization – is she becoming a monster... like Levana? As the plot thickens, the tension is rising to new levels to prepare for the final book. Scarlet: this perspective was few and far between. Though I love Scarlet, some moments seemed to drag but this did not take away from the overall. One of my favorite chapters takes place in this plotline. After losing her grandma, Scarlet tries to move on and maybe get somewhere with Wolf. But when everything crumbles, she has to test her bravery and determination in the faces of some scary Lunars. Scarlet’s strength is pushed to the limits in this exciting character development. Cress: our title character is a very savvy hacker, having spent half her life in a satellite. Being there has left her naive and she knows that she is not strong like Thorne. Her story shows a side of the Union that I haven’t seen before. Her whole plot is creative, cleverly tying in the Rapunzel references while still having a sense of a new story. It adds a needed layer book. And as the stakes are raised, Cress begins to see that she is strong: in her mind, heart, and in her willingness to help. Cress’s optimistic, imaginative character brings a balance to the other girls and the story. Kai: the Emperor of the Commonwealth is stressed, so much that he has been losing weight. He is being forced to marry Levana to protect Earth and he finds himself thinking about his inevitably short life at her side. The only consolation is that the girl he is still thinking about keeps managing to evade capture. Kai is the leader of the important plot point that drives half the characters. Thorne: the charming and charismatic spaceship captain is back and I must say, I admire his courage and ability to put on a brave face in such adverse situations. And though he did lose my trust briefly, he regained in as soon as he gave me his reason. Existing as a juxtaposition of needing-help and help-giving, Thorne goes from more than comic-relief. He may not think he’s a hero, but I do. Wolf: I can’t help but picture a kicked puppy. Wolf is upset by the dreadful turn of events and the way he reacts… He's sweet, but I really think that he could have held it together more. He didn’t aid the plot much. -Ending What happened before the cliffhanger is what is keeping it from bothering me as much as it should, I think. I was literally hyperventilating in school. But my goodness, the squealing and the dizziness and the general freak-out was worth it! -Overall -- Absolutely wonderful! Romances: so stinkin’ awesome! Love Triangle: none (thank goodness!) Characters: very fun and all unique Plot: stable, logical, and enthralling Freak-Out: major Cliffhanger: not terrible... but I still need Winter, preferably now Mature Content: none Happy reading!
5+ Stars I love fairy tales. I also love SciFi. Marissa Meyer does such an excellent job in putting these two together! It is amazing to me as well that in this third book of her Lunar Chronicles series that she also handles multiple points of view and story-lines so seamlessly without losing my interest or confusing me. This is storytelling at its best! I don't know how she comes up with the back-stories for her characters that build these amazing plots, nor how she creatively takes a beloved fairy tale (Rapunzel) and creates this amazing story. I just know that she does it well. I was immediately drawn in to Cress's world, her joys, and her fears from the first page. None of the characters in this series are perfect, and Cress is no different. I would say, however, that all the characters are perfectly flawed and I wouldn't change a thing about them. They are all consistent and I felt they react as they should if they weren't just in a storybook world. I loved Cress! She is amazing! She isn't my favorite character. I think Cinder, Scarlet, and Thorne are all vying for that place, but I still love all of these characters. I can't say that I love the villains, which are Queen Lavana and Sybil, but they are very true to who they are and what they do. I just have to note here that I am very happy with Thorne's place in the whole plot. I felt he was meant specifically for someone and now I know that he is and I am very happy about it. :) Prince Kai redeems himself to me in this book. I loved him in Cinder, not so much in Scarlet, and I am falling back in love with him in Cress. We also meet another leading man and a new leading lady that I'm sure will be much more present in the fourth book. I'm really looking forward to it! The plot kept me turning the pages. Meyer doesn't let her characters off easy. She is actually pretty hard on all of them. They have a serious fight they have undertaken with serious decisions to be made that have major consequences. I'm glad that it hasn't been too easy, even though it was pretty difficult in spots. I was a little worried about what would happen and I'm glad that I'm happy with the way things are going. I'm really not sure what is going to unfold in the final book. I can figure out what needs to happen and probably what will happen, but I also know that it is going to be a tough journey for Cinder and her companions. If you enjoy reading fairy tales (or very creative twists on them), or SciFi, then I would highly recommend reading Cress! The series just seems to get better and better. If there was a higher rating than 5, this book would get that for me. Content: Clean (there is some innuendo and violence, but I would still consider this clean) Source: Purchased
Just like Cinder and Scarlet, this book was great! I could not put this down as I was sucked in to this exhilirating story. Marissa Meyer has a true talent for telling stories and I am happy to have found this series. I found myself at times (in all three books) sitting up and holding my breath because of how intense the story was. I cannotbelieve that Ihave to wait a whole nother year to read the next book!
Phenominally written, a fully imagined universe, and characters who feel like friends. This series is the perfect intergalactic escape.
No doubt that this is my most anticipated read of 2014.... And I am pleased to say that it met all my expectations! This installment is action packed and was so good! I'm going to try not to ramble, but I'm not sure how easy this will be lol The best thing about this series to me is the way its written. I love how it goes from everyone's POV (even the new characters that are introduced) and as they go along their adventures, they all meet up in the end. And this one is no different. In this story we meet Cress who has been trapped in a satellite locked away from both the Earthen and Lunar world. All the while Cinder, Scarlet, and the others are still trying to save everyone. As they take on this new adventure, which is a trek across the Sahara Desert, they all meet up in the one central location. It's genius. Another thing I love about this series is the action. And man, this one was filled with even more action and drama than the last two. It was so much going on that a few times I had to put the book down because I just couldn't handle it. It was just really stressful ok lol But seriously, the plot twists left my mouth hanging open. I'm pretty sure that they will leave you surprised as well. And with the Lunars and the Earthens on the brink of war, I know things can only get better from here! As for the romance, I was happy with it, but at the same time, I was a little disappointed in it as well. The love between Scarlet and Wolf is still there and I fell for them even more after what happened to Scarlet. I felt so bad for Wolf. He clearly loved her and he was so upset about it. My heart went out to him. Also, there is a new budding romance! I won't tell you who it's between because it may be a bit of a spoiler, but I was excited for it. I wanted this person to fall in love last time. I'm hoping that something actually happens. Overall, this is my favorite one yet. With the Lunars and Earthens quickly coming to war, the wait for Winter will be hard. Speaking of Winter... She makes a small appearance and it is kind of a weird one. Be prepared......
Each book in this series gets better and better! I can't believe we have to wait another year for the last book!
I can't wait!!!!!!
I have always loved this series and I had very high expectations for Cress. I have to say that it blew those expectations out of the water! A lot of series now start off great but they lost consistency and awesomeness as the series goes on, but not the Lunar Chronicles. They just keep getting better. You won't be disappointed!!!
This book is just wow, unbealievebly good! I cant wait for the next one!
The first three books in this series have blown me away, now I have Winter to look forward to. I reccommend this series to YAs and adults.
This was as interesting and surprising as Cinder!
So good! I cried laughed and almost stayed up some nights thinking about it!!! Must read even if u dont like books this series will get u hooked cant wait til the next one comes out!!!!!!!
This book was amazing! I couldn't put it down! At some points I was even shaking because Meyer explained everything with clarity. From the first page to the last, I was hooked! I couldn't put it down! I recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
I NEED MORE
This series is one of my Favorites! Now being said I was very excited to get the third book and its about Rupunzal and I dont know a whole lot about her so I was excited for this one. Everything happened so fast but nice fast pace from everything about to finally be good for these characters BOOM never mind cant do that yet. I hate when characters are separated but in this case it made the story that much more exciting. The way this book ended made me mad but like a good mad. If you enjoyed the frist two books you will Love this one and get ready for the finale showdown thats going to happen in Winter because everything just got more serious!! I hope this is helpful!!
I think Maissa Meyer did a nice job continuing the Lunar Chronicles. Cinder was such an explosive read, and Scarlet and Cress kept right up...I have to say, few authors can do that. Some parts of Cress were a little weird, but they got cleared up right away. I liked that Cress didn't sit on the satellite for half the book. Bring on the Winter!
This series is so great, I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for Winter to come out!
This series just gets better and better! I loved this installment and it has me dying for more!!! When I saw that the third book would be Rapunzel I was beyond excited to read it. What I love the most is that we get new fairy tale characters, but still get all of the previous ones as well. Each book just adds more awesome to the story, which also ups the intensity and more world building! The stories all intertwine fabulously and I love the direction it's heading. I will try to continue this review without totally fan girling all over the place. Cress is the newest addition to this fantastic series, and this book focuses a lot on her. Instead of being trapped in a tower though, she is trapped in a satellite. She is a shell and is useless to the Lunar Queen, Levana. She does have a particular skill that is handy though. The ability to hack computers and help hide the ships of the Lunars going to Earth is just one of the things she is forced to do. She is also supposed to be tracking Cinder, which she is, but she will not tell them she has found her. She manages to get rescued, but things don't go as planned. She learns a lot in the short time that she has had freedom, some of it very crushing. I loved Cress. She was very smart, a little naive, but totally bad@$$. She always thought of herself as a damsel in distress, but she is very capable of holding her own. She is not afraid to fight back, or fight for what is right. We still have the rest of the cast that we have grown to love in the previous two books, and they just get better and better too. The relationships and alliance they form with one another is great. There is doubt and trust issues of course, but it makes it more believable to me. Things don't ever go easy or as planned and it makes for some strained interactions and some scenes that are quite entertaining. The romances are wonderful too. Yes, I say romances because now that we have added more characters, and still have the old ones there are more than one. Cress is very taken with Thorne, and although he is arrogant and a bit off-putting, he obviously has feelings for her too. I enjoyed seeing them interact with each other and thought that they were very sweet. Then there is the thoughts of Kai that Cinder has. She tries to deny her feelings for him, but of course they are there. He has them as well, but doubts them since he doesn't really know anything about her. Wolfe and Scarlet is another romance that is floating on yes or no, but it's very real. The best thing about all of them though, is they don't overshadow the main story. They are present, but what is important always comes first. The world building in this series is amazing. There is so much going on in so many different places, but the author always makes sure to paint a clear picture for the readers. It's so easy to get drawn into the story and totally lost in the world. It's full of action, tension, adventure, violence, and awesomeness!! It's a book that even at 500+ pages, is easy to fly through. Almost impossible to put down, and leaving you needing more, this was one heck of a ride. I am practically desperate for the next book and will be counting down the many, many days until I can read it! If you are a fan of this series and haven't pre-ordered this book yet, you need to ASAP!! I have and can't wait for my copy to arrive in all its gorgeousness!!! *An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.
The only difference between me and Cress is that she is a science-techy brainiac...for real. Shy? Check. Hopeless romantic? Double check. Awkward in front of guys? All the checks. For real, I have never related to a character more. Her hopeless romantic pining, her ability to create fake romances in her head...just the way she thinks is 100% taken out of my head: it was terrifying and brilliant all at once! Because sometimes...sometimes the girl just wants a guy to rescue her and I am tired of people saying that that's wrong. I LOVE that SOMEONE finally wrote about that girl! Not everyone can be the fierce woman fighter who stands up against society and their rules and makes men fall helplessly at their feet. I cannot thank Marissa enough for writing about the hopeless romantics who steel themselves against their nature, who turn bright red when their crush looks at them, and who plan out an entire romance in their head. The plot is also far more engaging than the other books. All the romances felt organic and natural, plus WE GOT MORE OF SASSY IKO!!!! All in all, my favorite of the series! My rating: 5 stars Favorite quote: "Maybe there isn't such a thing as fate. Maybe it's just the opportunities we're given, and what we do with them."
Cress was a very fun book to read! The plots were extremely engaging and it was very hard for me to put down. Right from the very beginning, something was already going on and was causing a conflict with the main characters. There were little to no parts that dragged behind slower than some others. The settings were amazingly realistic and I felt as if I could walk around in them as if I had been there many times before. Everything was explained very vividly and I could picture them perfectly in my mind. There were many conflicts and problems presented throughout the book--one of them in the first couple of pages! More problems kept piling on top of other problems and it felt like it would never end, although, in the end everything straightened out. The theme was pretty inspiring: fight for what you know is right even if everything is against you. Even though this is a pretty common theme for books to have, Cress presented it in a unique way with powerful characters. The quality of storytelling was extraordinary. The way that the storylines merged effortlessly without confusion or disorder was great. I was able to understand the different points of view from the many characters without a problem. All of the characters were so believable and realistic it was almost like you could have a conversation with them. Their descriptions of their attitudes and personalities were so astonishingly life-like it was almost as if they were based off of real people. The characters each played such an important role in the book, I could not imagine it without them. The language used in Cress was intriguing. There were lots of intricate vocab words that took the book from average to strong and made it more enjoyable to read. The freshness of ideas was really original; it was about a futuristic Rapunzel who encountered other fairy tale characters, for example, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. I personally haven’t seen any other books similar to Cress and I admire that. Everything was so unique and special about the book and the characters, and that’s what made Cress so beautiful. Overall, Cress was extremely high quality in everything. It was very captivating, entertaining, and it is now one of my favorite books. I loved every single part of it and I can’t wait to read the next installment!
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Not your average tangled story.