In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana’s evil plan, has a slight problem. She’s been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, 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.
I have to admit, that I loved Cress’ story the most out of the entire series. Cress feels like the perfect Rapunzel, locked away in her ivory tower. The backstory for the main character this time around focuses on the fact that Cress is of Lunar descent, but she has no abilities – She is a shell. Throughout Cinder & Scarlet, Marissa Meyer makes a few references to the Lunar shells, and how they’re worthless to society on Luna. Parents of shells have their children taken away from them (and its assumed that they’re ‘dealt with’ – as its degrading to give birth to a shell), and they never see the child again.
Except those shells aren’t killed. They’re hidden away helping to secure Luna’s future in the universe, by any means possible, under the guise of ‘your service is valued and we will return you to Luna as a proper citizen when your time is done.”
Cress is fun and light, but not without it’s dark portions, especially when it comes to Cress’ fate as a shell and her uncertainty around the others as she grows up before the reader. I think my favourite part is how the relationship between Cress and Thorne blossoms as the novel progresses.
A solid 4/5 stars.