Synopsis: 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.
Date Published: February 4, 2014
Published By: Feiwal & Friends
Number of Pages: 550
Cress is definitely the best book in The Lunar Chronicles so far, and that's saying something considering I loved the previous two, Cinder and Scarlet. Cress has an epic feel to it, a kind of space opera but on a smaller scale.
I love how Cress has such a big role to play in this book (obviously). She is definitely one of my favorite characters because she uses her imagination to help her when she's scared or unsure. She pretends to be a famous actress or a fearless explorer when she's facing potentially life-threatening situations. Her use of make believe is probably a result from being cooped up on a satellite for so long and while it does make her naive at times, she is by no means a weak character. She might not be as tough as Cinder or Scarlet but she remains true to herself throughout the entire book and finds her own inner strength in the end.
Cress is romantically linked to Captain Carswell Thorne (another of my favorite characters) but their relationship gets off to a shaky start. Cress is convinced that she is already head over heels in love with Thorne before she even meets him and Thorne is...well, kind of a player, it seems. He hides behind his charm and his sarcasm and he rarely displays any kind of real emotion at first. That's why when you see him start to care about Cress without admitting it to her or to himself, it makes for amazing romantic tension. I am so rooting for Cress and Thorne to end up together and get their happy ending.
Speaking of endings, the climax of the book is so perfect. It is perfectly paced, with just the right amount of tension. The last hundred pages or so fly by as you turn page after page, cheering on your heroes, gripping the book tight when something inevitably goes wrong. The last page sets the stage for Winter and the final book can not get here fast enough.