Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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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.
For some reason, I almost feel like I have to defend my love for these books. Is that weird? Or are there really a bunch of you out there giving me the Judgy Eye for being all aflutter every time I read another installment of the Lunar Chronicles? I'm just paranoid, right?
Ok, so...Cress = Rapunzel (or Tangled, as my little girl calls her).
She's been imprisoned in a Tower (read: satellite orbiting the Earth) for years by an evil witch (read: Sybil) Her parents were forced to give her up to the witch when she was a baby, because she was born a Shell (read: a Lunar who can't create a glamour or be glamoured).
Enter the hero, Captain Thorne, whose attempt at a rescue doesn't quite work out the way they had hoped.
Alrighty, what I really loved about this one were all of the Rapunzelesque twists Meyer kept tossing in there. The name of the ship didn't even hit me until this time around!
Rampion? Duh! That's the name of the frigging lettuce (or whatever!) that Rapunzel's father traded her for! Even Thorne's name was a nod at the thorns that blinded him. Again, duh.
There were lots of tidbits like that, plus bigger (more spoilerific) things that mirrored the fairytale.
More Cinder, more Wolf, and more Kai.
What I wasn't as in love with was Cress, herself. She was kinda...too nice? And then she was also kinda goofy about her twue luv feelings for Thorne. Thankfully, he thinks it's a bit goofy, as well, so he isn't talking advantage of her idiocy.
Mostly, it's just Cress bumbling around acting somewhat adorkable...somewhat slapable.
But, I thought the good plot and nice pacing (this sucker is big!) more than made up for Cress' personality. Besides, you aren't stuck with her for the entire novel. You've got all of the other main characters POV's rolling around in this thing, so spending a few minutes in a swoony head din't kill the book for me.
In the end, you finally meet Snow White!
*screaming fangirl flailing*
Winter is Coming.
That's right. I went there.
Oh, and by the way, that book will be released right around my birthday in November. *cough*
Just in case you were, you know, stuck for what to get me.