Welcome to another week of Lunarthon! This week we’re wrapping up our readalong of Cress with chapters 41-60 and introducing Meyer’s final protagonist: Princess Winter Hayle-Blackburn.
We left our protagonists in Africa, where Cinder and her friends reunited and regrouped, ready to infiltrate Kai’s wedding to Queen Levana. But with search parties heading to Farafrah, Team Cinder are forced to make a quick getaway.
The final chapters of Cress are one of my favourite moments from the series, because it’s the first time we get to see Team Cinder in action. From Iko infiltrating the palace as an android servant, to Wolf taking on dozens of armed men, to Cress hacking the palace security system, every member of the group gets to show off their skills in these last few scenes. We also get to see Cinder using the Lunar gift – and the tranquiliser gun built into her finger – in a fight for the first time since she started to practice using her powers. Cinder’s been the unofficial leader of the Rampion gang since Scarlet, but it’s in these chapters that she really takes charge and shows just how strong a ruler she could be.
“News flash: I have never manipulated you. And I hope I never have to. But you aren’t the only one with responsibilities and an entire country of people who are relying on you. So I’m sorry, Your Majesty, but you are coming with me, and you’re just going to have to figure out whether or not you can trust me when we’re not so pressed for time.”
Then she raised her hand and shot him.
And speaking of Lunar royalty, in these chapters we’re finally introduced to the fourth leading lady of The Lunar Chronicles: Princess Winter Hayle-Blackburn. We only get a teaser of Winter’s character in these chapters, but the first meeting between Scarlet and Winter is another iconic moment in the series.
“But you are crazy.”
“I know.” She lifted a small box from the basket. “Do you know how I know?”
Scarlet didn’t answer.
“Because the palace walls have been bleeding for years, and no one else sees it.” She shrugged, as if this were a perfectly normal thing to say. “No one believes me, but in some corridors, the blood has gotten so thick there’s nowhere safe to step.”
That’s the end of our Cress readalong, but with Scarlet still trapped in a cage on Luna, the rest of the team barely escaping New Beijing with their lives, and Cinder vowing to incite a revolution on Luna, there’s still a lot left to discuss, so be sure to join us for our readalong of Winter!
Let us know your thoughts on the third book of the series and come back next week for another special feature post – and the opportunity to win more Lunar Chronicles prizes!