Publication Date: 4 February 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN 10/13: 0312642970 | 9780312642976
Category: Young Adult Fantasy
Keywords: Space, Fairy Tale Retelling
Format: Hardcover, ebook, Audio CD
Source: ARC from Publisher
Okay, if you haven't started reading The Lunar Chronicles, then stop reading this right now. Mild spoilers ahead. Be forewarned.
Oh, you're still here? Okay then! Let's continue on!
We started out with dear Cinder, who is on a mission to save her beloved Prince Kai from falling into the enemies hands, aka the Lunar Queen. On her journey, in the last installment of this series, we met a streetfighter named Wolf and a tough headstrong girl named Scarlet. Cinder, imprisoned and ready to be sent to the Lunar Queen, is about to break out of jail.
Cinder escapes jail with Captain Thorne and picks up Wolf and Scarlet along the way. They finally come into contact with a girl named Cress, who has lived in this space station the last seven years of her life. They are about the rescue her when... Nope. I'm stopping there.
Obviously, there's a lot going on in Cress. If you haven't read the previous books in the series, start at book one. This isn't one of those series you can pick up in the middle.
Cress and Captain Thorne are actually quite refreshing characters. Cress, having been on the space station for so long with no one for company but A.I. and the occasional evil captor who visits her, is reasonably sane. I like her bashfulness, her sometimes naive thoughts. She's very different from both Cinder and Scarlet, but she doesn't come across as too young or bothersome. I like how innocent and sweet she is.
Captain Thorne is quite a character too. He's somewhat full of himself, but not tortured. He knows he's dashing and isn't afraid to use it to his advantage. Their dialogue was flirty and fun and again, very different from the other duo of characters. This really made the book for me. Too many times are more couples introduced and their relationships are similar to the rest. Not these two.
And while I liked their adventure, I have to admit, I thought the story was too disjointed. And here is where I stress to not jump in the middle of this series. There are multiple plots woven here. Before we even reach half way through the book, the characters split up, causing so many different story lines, it is frequently hard to tell which one is the main one. Maybe for some this is good, but to me it lessened the emotional attachment I felt towards Cress and Captain Throne. Jumping back and forth so often through the different narratives pulled me out of the book.
This also may be the reason that, while I liked Cress and Captain Thorne fine, I was still way more interested in Wolf and Scarlet, the couple from the previous book. There's some drama that goes on there, but I am sad to admit that I more eager to read about them than the two main characters.
Looking back at the book, Cress and Captain Thorne's adventure is quite fun. They are in danger, stranded, survive a crash, walk the desert. It's got romance and adventure and overall, I liked how their characters grew. I just wish their story was more in the forefront.
Cress could have been a great book but suffers from middle book syndrome. Too many characters, too many story lines and not enough of the main couple. So much happens though it's hard to not realize what the intention is all along- getting the reader ready for the fourth and last book in the series.
And this reader can't wait to see how it ends.
I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.
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