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.
As much as I have enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles, I have found it difficult to initially get interested in the beginning of every book, except Fairest. Truth be told, much like Scarlet, Cress is extremely dull as a character. Worse than that, she’s an annoying star struck teen. Sadly, this is the cross one must bear when reading young adult. Of course, you must resign yourself to realizing this young girl spent several years alone on a Lunar satellite, but nonetheless, even that doesn’t make her interesting.
Meanwhile, it is because of Cress that everything goes to hell and back, just as much as it is because of her that the group (somewhat) succeeds in the end. As the group embarks on a mission to save her (aka the damsel in distress as she likes to call herself), Levanna’s head thaumaturge, Sybil Mira foils everything by unexpectedly visiting Cress. This allows her and a guard to take a podship in hopes of tricking Cinder’s group and leaving Cress and Captain Thorne to crash onto Earth. Cinder’s group manages to escape Sybil, but Scarlet is captured and taken to Luna in the process.
As dire as things get, somehow the group eventually comes together in Northern Africa and embarks on a mission to kidnap Emporer Kai. Though the book gets more interesting as the wedding day approaches, I fear it is lacking in comparison to Fairest. However, I must admit I am interested in Princess Winter. Described as being scarred across her face and dealing with the mental effects of refusing to use her lunar abilities, she certainly raised my interest as she introduced herself to Scarlett towards the end of the book. Overall, the plot line has remained strong and despite my initial lack of interest, I really enjoy this series and would recommend it to anyone, even if they are like me and aren’t the biggest fans of science fiction.