Release Date: February 4th 2014
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
Each book gets better and better.
My experience with The Lunar Chronicles goes something like this: I thought CINDER was okay, I liked SCARLET, and I adored CRESS. There has been a lot of improvement as the series progresses, and I can’t wait to read the conclusion. A series tends to struggle with middle books but no such thing happened here, each installment is stronger than the last.
A sensational cast of characters.
Not only are we introduced to new characters, we get to know the original ones better. Cinder has totally won me over and I want her (all of them, really) to get the happy ending they deserve. Each one of of the characters is totally unique in their own way and so incredibly fleshed out. They are perfect-but only because they are flawed. And the character dynamics were fantastic; I loved seeing how all these personalities get along and work together.
All the emotions!
CRESS has moments that will tug on your heartstrings, moments that will make you want to cry, and moments that will make you laugh out loud. I was totally invested in this story.
The pages flew by.
For a 560 page book, CRESS has truly great pacing. Although the POVs change around quite a bit, I never felt like I was missing anything and I enjoyed changing perspectives. Because we got to see what was going on with everyone, a chapter was never boring. The stakes are high and I kept turning the pages, wanting to know what was going to happen next.
It’s so imaginative.
I wish I had half of the creativity Marissa Meyer has. Thinking up a world like this and creating a diverse cast of characters is no easy feat, but Meyer sure makes it feel like it is. Everything is clearly well thought-out, and the magic is in the details: the mannerisms of the characters, the description of a setting, and all the other little things which make it feel so real. I can’t wait to see what Meyer comes up with in WINTER.