Publisher: Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan)
Release date: February 4, 2014

I naively thought the Lunar Chronicles would be concluded with this third book, but it ends with another cliff hanger.

Cress fleshes out the story of Crescent Moon and adds another ally to Cinder’s group of rebels. Loved the scenes with her and Thorne — I was cheering for her all the way. I pictured Thorne as a Richard Castle type of character (Nathan Fillion from TV show Castle). Cress is a self-described damsel in distress, but, like in Cinder and Scarlet, author Marissa Meyer plays with the fairytale stereotypes and breaks them to propel the plot forward. The dialogue is snappy, and the story develops at a good pace.

Meyer’s strength lies in weaving the different plot lines together smoothly. This book continues with character development, and raising the stakes in the war between Earthens and Lunars.

An aside:  A while back, one of my senior students asked about Scarlet when he saw it on my desk so I shared a quick synopsis. He was interested in the story, yet I felt the need to warn him that there was also a romantic side to the story, in addition to all the action. I always want to encourage and support reading for fun, but I think some male students don’t want to be seen reading anything that might seem like a romance novel.

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Synopsis from the publisher:
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.

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