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science-fiction, romance, young adult
Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only 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 goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.
"When she was just a child, the witch locked her away in a tower that had neither doors nor stairs."
I've been most excited to read Cress since I've started the series. Because of Scarlet, I became a huge bookdragon and flew through Cress with an unnatural speed. Just kidding, I've always been a bookdragon, but you get me.
We begin the story with Cress, a girl who has been locked away in a satellite because of her computer skills. Sybil, who acts as Mother Gothel, figured she could be of use to find Cinder and her rag tag team. Cress knows all about Cinder and everyone else, as she has nothing better to do than scour the net feed for information on them.
If you don't recall, Cress was briefly mentioned in Cinder, as she helped give info about Queen Levana and her plans for Kai. Cress is young and innocent, having never been to earth and doesn't remember life on Luna.
Cress reaches Cinder and everyone on the Rampian, Thorne's ship, and they agree to pick her up for help in their quest to take down Queen Levana. But once Throne gets to the satellite, everything goes wrong and they both fall from space.They land in the middle of the desert. Everyone thinks they're dead and one from the group is taken by Sybil.
Surviving in the desert isn't easy, especially since she's never seen earth and she's stuck with the man she has a huge crush on. Cress isn't sure about a lot of things, but I believe she was very brave from being in space to earth and having to literally show the way to help. Through this, Cress doesn't give up, even when she desperately wants to. She's such a brave yet real character. She doesn't know how to fight or take care of herself, and she's a bit too trusting but she's tough when she needs to be.
“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.” -Cress
Thorne appeared in Scarlet, and I loved him in it. I was excited to have the chance to read his POV some more. Since it's their book, we see Cress and Thorne's POV a lot more, getting to know them better. Throne still has the comedic factor, and at times uses that to keep Cress calm from the dangers of earth. Yet, we learn of a softer side of him. The inner boy that had to grow up too fast.
“I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed.” -Thorne
I love these two together so much! I thought Thorne was perfect to be with Cress. She, so pure and open, and he, wrought down by life's struggles. They work well and I loved seeing them together.
“An animal?" Thorne said, and she realized he'd been waiting for her to further explain what she was seeing.
"It has long legs and horns and...and it's beautiful."
"Oh, good, we're back to this, then.”- Thorne, Cress
Of course, this is told from multiple POV's so we get to read about the others and what's going on there. It's good to keep up. Usually I don't like the multiple character POV's but in this series I quite like it. The plot is moving along very well. There isn't any inconsistencies or plot holes. It's well planned.
I don't actually have anything negative about the story. The plot, writing, and characters are-in my opinion-perfect. I'm excited to start Winter!