Author: Marissa Meyer
Date of Publication: 4th February 2014
Rating: 4.5 / 5
For those of you who haven’t read my [book:Cinder|11235712] and [book:Scarlet|13206760] reviews – I adored the first installment in the Lunar Chronicles, but was less than enchanted with the second. Cress, the third installment, in actuality I would probably rate a 4.5 / 5 as opposed to a four star rating. However, if forced to chose, it has to be four stars.
Firstly, Cress. I love her. She brings a personality to the established group which adds flavor. She is a great addition and I enjoyed both her own chapters and her actions when featured in the chapters of other characters. Cress also gets the award for favourite backstory to date – her life on Lunar as a shell, and the revelations we encounter about her parentage, are great pieces of interest which add to the main plot nicely. Whilst Cress does have a romantic interest, I think this is done in a really interesting (though I couldn’t say subtle!) way.
My biggest problem with Scarlet was that she was just a plot device to give Wolf a love interest / redemptive arc. In many ways she is still in that rut but I have high hopes for her development in the final installment, [book:Winter|13206900], after where we leave her at the end of Cress.
Cinder is as great as ever. She is my favorite kind of heroine – uncertain, imperfect and always learning. Her heart and loyalty are her greatest attributes, which are the perfect foil to Levana’s cold evil. I was rooting throughout for her to get her much needed reunion with lovely Emperor Kai – you’ll have to read the book to find out if this happens or not!
The device Marissa Meyer uses to separate all the characters before bringing them back together in an Oceans Eleven type heist at the end actually worked for me, for a number of reasons. Firstly it gave characters time to bond with those they might not have necessarily spent so much time with, had they not been separated. It also really gave character development the center stage for the first half of the book – something I think some characters were in real need of.
By the end we had a small cameo from Princess Winter – I am already so hopeful for some chapters from her in the next book, as she is the titular character! She seems really intriguing.
Overall a great installment, pushing us towards the finale.