Well, I finished the final books of Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles. I’ll be combining the last two, Cress and Winter in this one for the sake of finishing up the series review. Nevertheless, they were my favorites of the series!
Cress: Crescent is a trapped Lunar girl living in a shuttle above Luna and Earth. Her job is to report any Earthen news, program, hack, and alter technology. Her recent task is to track down Cinder, a.k.a the missing Princess Selene of Luna. When she trades sides and offers her loyalty to Cinder, the wanted members of the Rampion break her out and spiral into a whole new adventure.
With members of the team getting separated from each other or injured and new people joining, things grow shaky and uncertain inside the Rampion. Of course, it all makes their present situation difficult… Removing Levana from the throne.
To be honest, my thoughts of Cress and Winter are all jumbled because I read them very close together (with Fairest thrown in between). Nevertheless, I immediately fell in love with Cress’s character! She’s a lot different than Cinder and Scarlet,who are both tough and independent. Instead, we have a timid, ignorant girl who has always dreamed of going to Earth.
I love how much action takes place in this one. I mean, it ramped up from the first one and has just gotten better and better. It’s still such an easy read, even if the page count is higher, and the story is light and predictable. The thing is, Marissa Meyer manages to still provide such an engaging story with the best characters and so much more humor. I mean, the sarcasm thickens to the point I actually snickered a few times!
Cress was my favorite read from the series, and I know I’ll go through and read it again someday!
Clean or Not Clean
My rating of this one remains the same as the previous. On a scale of 1-10, I’d still give it a two. Nothing crazy happens in this one, just a girl who fantasizes about her crush a lot, some action and peril, and minimal of everything else.
The pace of this one is pretty constant, but violence isn’t as crazy in this story as it had been in the end of Scarlet. Mostly this one is a way to get the characters from one point to the other, but Meyer does it in a way that’s not as boring as some people seem to do it.
(WARNING: If you haven’t read Cress yet, the following review of Winter might be a bit of a spoiler.)
Winter: We now end up on Luna, where Princess Winter continues to care for Scarlet, who has been caged as if she were an animal. The two form an unlikely bond, and the princess shows her “crazy” side. Being a gifted Lunar, she has the ability to use her glamour. Instead, though, she has spent many years repressing such power, thus resulting in the Lunar Sickness as they call it.
The story takes off into the major plot of destroying Levana’s plan to take over Earth, all of this now having to take place on Luna itself. Cinder and her team spend the entirety of the book on the moon, and every turn you think their plans might work, only to watch them continuously be ruined. Will they be able to pull of the revolution, or will Cinder’s chance to dethrone Levana fall apart?
If I had to choose a favorite, I’m still torn between Cress and Winter. The only reason I’d choose the latter is because it wraps everything up so nicely. I do still ponder what happened after the series was over, what with all the major things left for Cinder to take care of (I won’t say anymore so I don’t spoil it).
There were certain times I wanted to skip whole paragraphs just to get to the next part because I was dying to know what was going on elsewhere, or what was coming next. Definitely kept me reading, and I was so sad to watch it end.
Clean or Not Clean
There’s not a ton of room for romance in this last one, though it is throughout it here and there. The violence is brought up a notch, but it’s still a manageable story that’s relatively clean and a light read! I’m so happy I decided to actually read this after a couple years of seeing the odd cover of the cyborg foot with the red heel.
Have you read the Lunar Chronicles? What did you think of it? Who was your favorite character? Let me know in the comments, but remember: NO SPOILERS!