Series: Lunar Chronicles #3
Date Published: 2014-02-04
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Audiobook Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
Description: In this third book in Marissa Meyer's bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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 prevent her army from invading Earth.Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
Cress is the third Lunar Chronicles book, and now it follows three characters. The first book was only Cinder, the second was both Scarlet and Cinder, and now we have Cress in addition to Scarlet and Cinder. I like how each book builds onto each character’s continuing story, while focusing on the new character. In this case we meet Cress, a young shell trapped on a satellite crunching data for her mistress. The team that assembled at the end of Scarlet is now trying to rescue Cress and, of course, as these things go, something goes wrong and the three main characters get separated.
On we go following each character’s story separately again, like in Scarlet. I didn’t like how we got very little of Scarlet in this book. I mean, I get it, this is Cress’s book, and of course Cinder being who she is takes priority too. But the little we were given of Scarlet’s story line after her separation from the group was just sad and creepy. However, the next book’s character, Winter, was introduced. So I’m intrigued about that.
In Cress, we find out just how terribly shells are treated on Luna, and what sinister purpose they are used for. We also see how the characters are more connected than we originally thought, and I really liked that part. We find out more about the letumosis and how it has evolved, and just how dangerous it has become – to everyone.
But, what I think is the biggest part of the story in Cress, is the interaction and building relationship (maybe?) between Cress and Thorne. They end up crash landing on a desert and now have to survive until they find civilization. Ok, so how much of the book did this have to take up? Well, apparently a lot of it. I can’t even begin to explain how bored I got with them walking through the desert in this book. Thorne managed to hit his head and go blind, so Cress has to lead them even though she’s so young and completely unprepared for this kind of survival. So their interactions are silly and funny at times, and also a little eye roll worthy sometimes. (Sorry). Cress is obsessed with Thorne because she knows everything about him from reading about him on the netscreens. He keeps trying to tell her he’s really not like the guy portrayed, but they both find out as they get to know each other that maybe he’s not as bad as he thinks he is. They do get help but again once someone finds out who Cress is, she gets kidnapped. Because it is that kind of book. So blind Thorne has to go out there “looking” for her. (Had to go there, sorry not sorry.) I found that portion of the book tedious. It just isn’t my kind of thing.
I did like once Cress and Cinder’s groups found each other again, because then the good stuff started happening. They started scheming about how to take down the Queen, and oh Cinder and Kai’s interaction was quite awesome. So there were some really good moments in this book. While I was bored a little and intrigued a little, I’m definitely going to read the final book when it comes out.