I’m just going to come right out and say it….I LOVED THIS BOOK! It is absolutely fantastic! This series is just amazing and I can’t wait to see how it all ends, though I’m pretty sure I know! Although a bit slower than the previous books, it was still an entertaining and enjoyable read. There were a lot of action scenes mixed in perfectly with character development, romance, and information to create an engaging story. I didn’t mind the predictable plot twists because they are to be expected in a re-telling, and they were made up for by the other unpredictable ones. The character development was terrific and the addition of Cress made perfect sense and she fit it well to the story. I laughed and I cried! You won’t be disappointed!
Although a bit slower than the other books in this series, this was still a fantastic read. The slower parts weren’t even that bad, which is why I’m not upset about the slower pace. Sometimes it is good to slow things down a bit and work on character interactions, etc., and Meyer does a fantastic job with this. I wasn’t actually uninterested in these parts because she was able to blend in the information we needed to know into interesting and/or funny dialogue. This was especially true during a scene in which Cress encounters a desert for the first time (I’ll get back to this later) and discusses it with Thorne instead of the author just briefly describing it.
Like the other books, this one did have its predictable moments, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t on the edge of my chair in anticipation the entire time…because I was. One thing after another kept happening to all of my favorite characters and it just had me on edge. I was hoping that Kai would finally realize who Cinder was and I think I waited for the entire book for that. So much action, character development, romance, and information all blended together perfectly to create an amazing story. Since this is a fairy-tale re-telling of sorts, I do expect certain aspects of it to be predictable, but enough of it is new and interesting as well.
So we get to see more of this amazing world! We travel to a small oasis in Africa and see how the people there live, which was interesting. Lunars and Humans coexisting in a peaceable society, it’s perfect!
Much of the book though was getting on and off the spaceship, going from one place to another. As fugitives they can’t afford to spend too long in any one place.
There was also more of an exploration into the cause of the epidemic as well as the effects of a Lunar not using their powers for an extended period of time. This was only explored in the last chapter of the book, but it does seem to drive them insane if they refuse to use their abilities.
Cress is one of the newest characters and I am pleased to say that I really like her. She is so cute, and sweet, and down right hilarious. After being a prisoner in a satellite for around 7 years she has yet to experience much of anything. This becomes apparent after she is rescued and ends up on Earth. The conversations she has with Thorne just had me laughing out loud! I love how everything seems so beautiful to her, even the simplest of things.
“It’s beautiful out there.”
A hesitation, before, “Could you be more specific?”
“The sky is a gorgeous, intense blue color.” She pressed her fingers to the glass and traced the wavy hills on the horizon.
“Oh, good. You’ve really narrowed it down for me.”
“I’m sorry, it’s just…” She tried to stamp down the rush of emotion. “I think we’re in a desert.”
“Cactuses and tumbleweeds?”
“No just a lot of sand. It’s kind of orangish-gold, with hints of pink, and I can see tiny clouds of it floating above the ground, like…like smoke.”
“Piles up in lots of hills?”
“Yes, exactly! And it’s beautiful.”
Thorne snorted. “If this is how you feel about a desert, I can’t wait until you see your first real tree. Your mind will explode.”
Compared to Cinder and Scarlet she is definitely not as bad-ass, she is scared of quite a bit and can be considered the damsel in this book, but that is okay because she isn’t stupid either. She is an amazing hacker and information gatherer. Besides, she has Throne to look after her…awwww so cute!
Thorne develops quite a bit in this book since he has to deal with overcoming his blindness. He struggles with it a lot but tries not to let it show. He wants so badly to be able to do everything himself and not admit that he needs help. Thorne was just so vulnerable and it was interesting to see him this way. At least he still has his humor! 🙂
Cinder is starting to learn more about her Lunar abilities and it was interesting to watch her develop her powers over the course of the book. She is doing a great job, but is realizing why Lunars like to manipulate people so much and she doesn’t want to become like them, but she can’t help it. She likes using her abilities and it is becoming so easy. I hope she learns to control her powers more and keeps reminding herself only to use them when she absolutely has to.
So Scarlet is not present in this book much, but we will see more of her in the next one. Also, Wolf didn’t do much in this book other than help Cinder with her powers. I was hoping for a bit more.
Jacin is another new character introduced in this book and I’m not sure what to think about him. I’m not sure that I trust him, he is too mysterious.
Iko…I just love her! She has such an amazing personality for an android! Her reaction to her new body is just awesome.
Nothing new to add…its amazing!
I love the cover of this book! It just makes so much sense, it is gorgeous. The title is great too and fits the book well.