Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 4th 2014
Number of Pages: 550
Genres: Dystopian, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
Even in the future. there are damsels in distress...
In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana's evil plan, has a slight problem. She's been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, 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.
I loved Cress! She was such a cute mix of naive wonder, and super hacker! She was constantly using daydreams to get her through situations that would otherwise send her screaming. Stranded in the middle of a desert with no idea where you are? No problem, she is now a brave explorer. Lots of people staring at her? She becomes a famous actress in her head.
And yet, she is also a super brilliant computer wiz. Hacking into top secret places, learning access codes and other information known only to a handful of people or less. I loved how her character was handled. Constantly reminded that she is the Rapunzel embodiment in this retelling, but also helping to shape her into what will hopefully end up being a strong character. She thinks of herself as a helpless damsel, and wants Thorne to save her, even before they have ever met. And their interactions after meeting are super adorable!
Cinder is still changing and maturing from what we knew of her in the first book. She’s finally getting on-board with being a princess, and taking her kingdom away from Levana. But there are still moments of backsliding when she isn’t surrounded by her friends. She’s working on getting her powers under her control, even in the middle of crisis, but it is a work in progress.
I didn’t much care for Jacin, and hopefully if he reappears in the next book we’ll get to know more about him. We didn’t learn much in this book, he was just kind of there in a few scenes, and always had this smirking looking down his nose thing going on (not that exactly of course, but that was the air he gave off.)