- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
- Publication date: 2/4/2014
- Series: Lunar Chronicles Series , #3
- Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
*This is the third book in the series so this review may contain spoilers from the first and second book, but is spoiler free for this book. The synopsis contains spoilers from the previous books in the series. Continue at your own risk.
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.
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.