Rating: High FIVE (plus a BILLION)
Who I'd Recommend to: EVERYONE. Ok, I guess I should elaborate. Will most likely appeal to fans of the Land of Stories, Percy Jackson, and Divergent.
Fav Quote: "I think she was practicing her sarcasm." (Iko after Scarlet telling Thorne that she didn't trust him driving because of what Cinder said about his skills. When he demanded to hear what Cinder had said, Scarlet and Cinder shared a look and said that his skills were top notch. Hence, Iko saying she thought Cinder was practicing her sarcasm.)
Synopsis (from Amazon):
In this third book in Marissa Meyer's bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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 prevent her army from invading Earth.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she'd ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
When Cress appeared on my Kindle after having been on "Hold" in the online Library for months, I was thrilled... until I remembered that I hadn't read Scarlet. I ended up skipping Scarlet and just reading this book, and although I wouldn't recommend it, skipping Scarlet was a lot easier than expected. However, there is an additional two characters, Scarlet and Wolf, but I didn't here much from either of those characters in Cress.
Again, I am amazed at the way Meyer manages to weave the fairy tale (In this case, Rapunzel) in the story without making it seem too forced. Also, Meyer adapts the fairy tale surprisingly well to the dystopian feel of the Lunar Chronicles. The writing style isn't extravagant with details, which is how many of the books I've read recently have been, but that's OK, because in a story like this, you don't want too many details to get in the way of the action. In fact, I love Marissa Meyer's writing - in my opinion, she is one of the most talented authors I've read. She just does an incredible job of keeping the story riveting and thrilling throughout the entire book, and the way she ends chapters on a cliffhanger makes me itch to read more.
One more thing - this book is like dystopia, fairy tales, romance (VERY slightly, just with Cress and Thorne, and Cinder and Kai, but of course there's going to be a little romance in fairy tales, they're all based on princes falling for princesses and saving them), action, science fiction, and fantasy all rolled in one. What's not to love?
I won't go on, because I really could talk all day about this book, but will just say that this is truly one of my favorite books and favorite author.