Summary (via Goodreads):
“In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, 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 her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned 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 just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen 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.”
My thoughts: For a third book of a series I was presently surprised by how great the book was. Marissa Meyer, again does a great job introducing us to new characters while also furthering the development of returning characters. Cinder is still learning of her Lunar powers and training with Wolf. Emperor Kai is still facing possible war with Luna and his impending marriage to Queen Levana in order to maintain peace.
The new character introduced is Cress, who is Dr. Erlands long-lost daughter and a prisoner of Sybil Mara on a satellite. What is great about her introduction is that she was first introduced in Cinder, and initialing warned Cinder about Queen Levana plan to kill Kai after the wedding. So her wasn’t just a random character just to be introduced. What I love about Cress is her seeing Earth of the first time and gazing at the wonder of it all. Also her relationship with Thorne when they both crash on Africa and Throne, now blind has Cress as his guide. She is also a fan girl, who loves Earth culture and pretends she is in a story of her own and makes up her own characters.
Another new character introduced is Jacin, who is said to be part of the royal guard, but really is loyal to the princess. Which princess? Keep reading the book to find out.
In terms of story development, after trying to rescue Cress on her satellite, Cinder and her crew become separated. Scarlet gets captured, Throne and Cress crash and, Cinder and Wolf goes on a rescue mission to keep Kai from marrying Levana and also try to find Throne and Cress
A major strength of the book is how the action never slows down and keeps you interested in what’s going to happen next. The climax especially when Cinder and her crew storm the palace to rescue or “kidnap” Kai and leads to a fight at the roof. Even though it is the second to last book of the series it ends on great cliffhanger and you are left waiting until Winter comes out. Also close to the end of the book, there is what I like to call a “post credit scene” even though it is in the book. It shows Scarlet being a prisoner on Luna and introduces us to Winter, who will play a large role in the final book.