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Note: This post reviews the third book of The Lunar Chronicles. You may like to read the first two books in the series, Cinder and Scarlet, before reading this review.
The first two fairytale retellings in The Lunar Chronicles are Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood – the third one, Rapunzel. Cress, short for Crescent, is a shell – a lunar with no glamour – and forced to be a servant of Levana, working as a spy. Imprisoned on a satellite since childhood, Cress grows up in complete isolation, her parents all the while believing her to be dead.
After she realizes that Cress has been keeping their spaceship hidden from the lunars, Cinder and her friends develop a plan to rescue her. But things do not go as planned. Captain Thorne, the fugitive who escaped with Cinder, ends up stranded with Cress in the middle of the Sahara desert, while the rest of their friends are back on the ship. Hoping to get in contact with Cinder, they make their way across the desert.
We see their relationship begin to take off during the trek. Cress, who had fallen in love with him at first sight, believes him to be her hero, her prince charming that she has always dreamed of. Thorne, who has thus far been arrogant and self-seeking, does not see himself as she sees him. He remembers the not-so-good parts of his past, and knows that Cress deserves better. But that doesn’t keep him from falling in love right back.
Aside from this new love story in the series, we see Cinder, the true heir to the lunar throne, continue to fight against Levana. She knows that once Levanna marries Kai and becomes Empress of the Commonwealth, all of earth will be in more danger than ever. Cinder is determined to stop the wedding, hopefully saving Kai and the rest of the earthens from her wrath. It is time that Kai knew that Princess Selene was alive, and ready to put Levana in her place once and for all.
Will Cinder assume the throne that was rightfully hers all along, or will Levana succeed in finishing what she started years ago when she first tried to kill her? I am excited to find out in the conclusion, Winter, that will undoubtedly be just as breathtaking and action-packed as the rest of the series.
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