Publish date- 2014.
Publisher- Macmillan Young Listeners.
(A Brief) Synopsis:
The third book in the Lunar Chronicles, extending the stories of all those we've already met (Cinder, Scarlet, ect. ect. ect.) and telling the story afresh of Rapunzel with the gloriousness of Cress. Oh. And Thorn.
What I thought:
So... Cress. I am very nearly up to date with the Lunar Chronicles and, after a less than exciting time with Cinder and Scarlet, Cress finally had me in, all the way.
It’s not that it didn’t have it’s faults- it did- but they were few and far between and, really, tended to add to the story’s whimsicality.
Cress is the newest, although we’ve met her twice before, in our ever growing array of POV characters- Cinder, Kai, Cress, Levana, Scarlet, Dr. Arelond (?), Thorn- it’s a lot to get ahold of, which is when it is especially good to be listening via audio. Cress I liked, a lot. She is that bit realer than the other title ladies, anxiety ridden and passionate. Apart from her slightly- and frankly- worrying infatuation with Thorn, who she’d never met, a point that had many an eye roll and widen cast in it’s direction, she was kind of like me. I loved that we got to see her fight, got to see how deep and extensive her strength was, beyond her fear. And she and Thorn, once her infatuation took a quiet and mostly ignorable backseat, were SO CUTE together! They’d have to be my favourite characters and carried the story, for their part, so well. Their scenes were just kinda really excellent. Third favourite is officially Icho, who shines (and gets her own POV, briefly). She’s quirky, excitable, perfectly passionate, the voice of the reader when it comes to many a romantic scene, and there for Cinder and the crew staunchly.
Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf and Kai still do little for me- Kai’s stupidity continues to astonish me, Cinder’s choices are... bizarre, and Wolf’s level of love for scarlet, having known her for a week or two, and ineptitude when she wasn’t around, gives me squinty eyes.
However, in their way they do help carry the story forward and I will admit that a certain scene between two characters was kind of gorgeous and adorable. And cemented my Icho love.
Overall, the plot is speeding forwards and still craftily building itself. I’m excited to see where Cress and Thorn go next, meet Winter better, hopefully see Levana offed and see less assy-ness from Kai (because really, anyone else consider what his choices and actions were going to be if she hadn’t been the princess?). I’m into this story, now. It took me two books, but into the third I officially started having favourite characters and caring what happens to them. And, you know, Cinder’s plight and all that. But mostly Cress and Thornnnnn!
Rating: Excellent. It's verging. It's verging.
Upwards pointing. Pointing pointing pointing.