Cress has lived in a satellite for most of her life with her only companion being a computer program. Unwanted by her family, she's taken away to be d...moreCress has lived in a satellite for most of her life with her only companion being a computer program. Unwanted by her family, she's taken away to be destroyed but her skills gave her a new purpose that the Queen and her minions exploit for their evil use. Desperately she yearns for release from her little box in the sky and she has her sights set on one Captain Thorne, who just happens to be with Cinder, the girls she's tasked with locating. Cress's tired of being used for the destructive plans of Queen and devises a plan of escape that just happens to turn into a deadly adventure with the cutest guy in the world.
Cress is adorable in her belief that she's a damsel in distress. She has this ideal of romance and being rescued by the handsome prince, which is understandable because she's had no interaction with anyone outside of her captor. Her experience with the world is through her window and the net...until a rescue attempt goes awry and she sees the world is much more dangerous and complex than she would've ever imagined herself. I liked that as the story progresses; she becomes a less damsel and more of a girl who can hold her own.
There are many perspectives in this book from different facets of this world and it doesn't get confusing or disrupts the flow. I actually found it to move the pace along at a steady rhythm. Cinder struggles to come to terms with her power as she gets stronger she begins to fear that she will become just like the Queen. Kai knows what in store for him, if he goes through with the wedding but he can't come up with an alternative that doesn't result in more death. Wolf seems less himself in this book as he grapples with his fear for one of his friend’s safety. He's still scary but his spirit's wounded. Winter seems more unstable than the other girls and it's nice to get a glimpse of her and Lunar. Captain Thorne's absolutely hot and I enjoyed the interactions between him and Cress, which allowed for more insight into his personality. All these characters mesh well together and I'm enjoying how everything is playing out as they race to find the Lunar Princess, a cure for the deadly disease-spreading on earth and to stop the Queen. Cinder discovers that she's possibly the key to changing everything, she doesn't like it but as they uncover an interesting revelation about the disease, she begins to see that her fate's bigger than the desires of her heart. Overall, great read and look forward to the next book soon! (less)
Molly is the chosen one to lead the prophesied war against the god Set, who is now locked up in the underworld. She's keeps having visions of him esca...moreMolly is the chosen one to lead the prophesied war against the god Set, who is now locked up in the underworld. She's keeps having visions of him escaping and that troubles her because she isn't ready to be the warrior everyone expects. The pressure to keep her secret from her friends is weighing heavily on her and as more of her time is designating to train, study and prepare for the Kebuchet challenge, she begins to notice them distancing themselves from her. Molly has so much on her plate between balancing her friendships and her blooming feelings for her trainer Rath; she'd think the gods would give her a break. Yet as her prayers remain unanswered...someone tries to send her a message, they want her dead, now. So many secrets surround her and she must find a way to decipher them before it's too late and all is lost.
I like that Molly isn't the damsel in distress but the hero, well one that's gradually puzzling out the mess that she's inherited from both her parents. She tries hard to keep her composure but it's easy to tell that being a reaper scares her yet she wants to win. Her nemesis Clarissa and her father have it in for her to lose the challenge to become the rightful Kebuchet; however Molly proves that she is a formidable opponent for the title. Her Aunt Leila keeps trying to warn her about impending danger yet she's also bound to Set. Molly has to find a way to save her soul before it's too late. She has to rely on those that she's been neglecting to figure it all out but they are willing to help her discover the truth especially her reaper trainer Rath. He's mysterious and kind of yummy and I'm curious how the romance between the two will work out. Overall, Molly may be a pawn in an impending war but I think she'll figure it out. She's persistent and brave, which makes her an intriguing character.
Morgan can't help herself, she dreams of the land below. She's knows that going over the edge has consequences and most people who attempt to jump nev...moreMorgan can't help herself, she dreams of the land below. She's knows that going over the edge has consequences and most people who attempt to jump never return exactly the same. All her life, she's known the safety of Internment, having been shielded from violence until one day that changes with the death of a girl her age. The sickening realization that could’ve been her, shakes her to the core and instead of stopping her hopeless thought of the below; she becomes more persistent especially when that one death becomes more. Not sure what's really happening, Morgan will learn that there is more to her world and she must decide whether to stay or search for a way below.
I thought it was interesting how this world's created and curious how exactly is it floating in the air. Internment could be in any era, though it seems futuristic and the title is completely right for this book. The government regulates births and couples pairings happen before birth. The betrothed couples wear these rings around the necks until they get a certain age (I believe) and then transfer them to their fingers. Morgan and her betrothed Basil balance each other out perfectly; he's the calm to her chaos and enjoyed the moments when they were together. I admit I was little nervous and still am at a possible love triangle. Another character that stands out is her best friend Pen, artistic in mind but not very open to the idea that the below exists and to the possibility of going there. I think all the characters all real, especially emotional with their hopes and fears, which I think anyone can relate to.
I think the story is cool; it reminds me of Howl's Moving Castle, obviously because it's in the sky. The story moves well throughout. I'm looking forward to reading what happens next after that ending and what is in store for Morgan and her friends. Will there be a love triangle? Overall, I think this is a good beginning to a new series that readers will like.(less)