on 4 March 2014
Wow, what a lot of surprising events being packed into one book.
Cress is a genius little girl, well technically lunar shell, being kept as a prisoner in a spaceship for the last 7 years by mistress Sybill (head thaumaturge). Her life's work is to spy, infiltrate earth's systems, hide the lunar ships from detection and her dream is to have her epic romance with Thorne.
Their relationship is so sweet, poor Thorne becomes blind as a result of a head injury and forced by circumstance cress and Thorne need each other to survive. Thorne's funny comments were the highlight of this book for me. Plus the last few chapters, but no spoilers!
Scarlet is kidnapped, and wolf is left heartbroken. Cinders on her mission to stop the wedding and Iko is dutifully assisting her as best she can. Levana is threatening everyone with her lunar monsters, to ensure the wedding with Kai takes place. Dr Erland is somewhere in Africa waiting fro cinder to turn up ever since he told her she's the lost princess, but you can't imagine his surprise when cinder and her entourage finally arrive.
What I love most about this book is how everything and everyone is linked.. I'm looking forward to the next part of this series, where we learn more about Princess Winter. Although she is Lunar, she hasn't used her gift for years and as a result has started going crazy. Plus, she has been gifted Scarlet so I'd love to see how that plays out and how wolf rescues her, because after all this time, scarlet is the damsel in distress.
"I'm not cheating."
"You just played back-to-back doubles. You can't do that."
Cinder crossed her arms. "Thorne, I just downloaded the official rulebook into my brain. I know what I can and can't do."
"Aha!" He snapped his fingers. "See, you can't just download stuff in the middle of a game of Royals. House rules. You're cheating."
“How long have you been living in a satellite?”
She twisted her hair around her fingers. “Seven years...or so.”
“Seven years? By yourself?”
“Y-yes.” She shrugged. “Mistress restocks my food and water and I have net access, so it isn’t so bad, but...well...”
“But you’re a prisoner,” said Thorne.
“I prefer damsel in distress,” she murmured.
He hated Levana. He hated himself for giving in to her. He hated that his father had managed to keep her and her threats of war at bay for years and years, and within weeks of Kai taking the throne, he’d let everything fall apart.
He hated that Queen Levana had probably been planning this from the moment it was announced that Emperor Rikan, Kai’s father, was ill, and that Kai had played right into her hands.
He hated that she was going to win.
A laugh came from the cockpit and Thorne appeared in the doorway, strapping a gun holster around his waist. “You’re asking the cyborg fugitive and the wild animal to be the welcoming committee? That’s adorable.”
I think we should discuss the profit division sooner rather than later, because I’m considering a 60-10-10-10-10 split right now.”
“Am I the fourth ten percent?” said Iko. “Or is that the satellite girl? Because if it’s the satellite girl, I’m going on strike.”
“Can we discuss the imaginary money later?” said Cinder.
“Like, maybe when there’s actual money to discuss?” suggested Scarlet.
“Additionally, I assume you are aware that assisting a wanted fugitive, such as Linh Cinder, is a crime punishable by death on Luna. Your sentence is to be carried out immediately.”
“Efficiency, I respect that.”
“I’m not sure we want to be near civilization. You’re a wanted criminal in three Earthen countries, and one of the most recognizable men on Earth.”
“I am pretty famous now, aren’t I?”
“What do you suggest? You clearly know all about this political revolution stuff, so please enlighten me, O wrinkled one.”
Cress knotted her fingers in her lap. “I know you better than you think, Captain Thorne. I know that you’re smart. And brave. And thoughtful and kind and-“
She pressed her lips and glared at him, but his mocking grin had swept away any hints of sincerity.
“Sorry,” he said. “Please, continue.”
“Perhaps more vain than I’d realized.”
Sobbing, Cress buried her face against his chest and let the tears come. She cried hard at first, the release pouring out of her all at once. But she almost felt guilty when, minutes later, the tears already started to dry up. Her sadness wasn’t enough. Her mourning wasn’t enough. But it was all she had.