by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 1 2 3 4 5
Series: Book 3 in the Lunar Chronicles series
Cover: This is probably my favourite cover so far. I really thought they were going to change her hair to red to fit the red theme. Glad they didn't. The ribbon was a great idea. The next book is obviously going to be an apple. I can't wait to see how they're going to design that one.
Writing: (4/5) The writing is very light (despite being a science fiction) which suits this series. There's a lot of dialogue which helps move the story along because there's so many characters. I would say that the book is written fairly well, but I feel it has a lot to do with the original content.
Main Character: (2.5/5)Cinder: With each passing book, I keep seeing how incredibly flat Cinder is, especially when you compare her to Scarlet and Cress. Which is obviously a shame because the main story is Cinder's story, while the other three's stories - Scarlet, Cress, and Winter - are intertwined in hers. I really don't see any characterization with her at all.
Scarlet: Out of the three, Scarlet was in the book the least. She had a few chapters from her point of view, but they were incredibly brief. It wasn't really until the end that I felt like I actually saw her again, but with where that ended off - I'm curious to see what will happen to her next.
Cress: Cress is my favourite out of the three heroines. I really liked her innocent and shy character and it was incredibly fun reading her story. I'm quite curious to see what will happen to her by the end.
Villain: (4/5) Although Levana made a few appearances, the main villain was Sybil (the one who locked up Cress in a satellite). I actually really liked Sybil's extreme loyalty to Levana. I always find these kind of characters incredibly interesting.
Other Characters: (4/5)Thorne: This was a surprise to me, but I guess it was actually pretty obvious: Thorne ends up being Cress's love interest. I liked seeing him mature from his vain and self centered personality and I hope to see him develop more in the next book.
Kai: Like Cinder, Kai is pretty flat. At this point I would say they're equally the two worst characters in the series.
Wolf: Wolf, Cress, and Iko are currently my favourite characters. Again, like the first book, I found Wolf to be incredibly endearing.
Iko: Something interesting about Iko is that she has a different form in each book. It keeps her very cute seeing her mannerisms through each form.
Dr. Erland: I liked seeing Dr. Erland and I liked that an adult was part of Cinder's teenage group. Because of this, I didn't like what happened to him at the end.
Jacin: A new character that, if you remember, made a brief appearance in Cinder. On that note, I really like how the author has mentioned and interwined these characters right from the first book. It makes the introduction of characters not unwelcome and feel like they always belonged. Jacin's personality was more cold in comparison to the rest of the cast and that was an interesting addition.
Romance: (4/5) Kai and Cinder's romance was OK despite them being so flat. It helped that they were barley together in the book, but I hope they won't be unpleasant in Winter. Cress and Thorne were interesting and even funny because their personalities were so different. I found Scarlet and Wolf to be cute.