Cress by Marissa Meyer
Lunar chronicles, Bk 3. Penguin, 2014. ISBN 9780141340159.
(Age 14+) Highly recommended. Science fiction. Fairy tales retold. Survival. Imagine that Rapunzel is trapped in a satellite, with no way out, and no way to cut her long hair. That is what has happened to Cress, who has been imprisoned on a satellite since she was a child, spying for the Lunar Queen, Levana. She has exceptional skills as a hacker and has been told to find Cinder and Captain Thorne, who are accompanied by Scarlet and Wolf. In a daring bid to rescue Cress, Cinder and her crew's plans go astray and the group is separated.
The Lunar Chronicles, first Cinder, then Scarlet and now Cress, are a highly imaginative and compelling set of books that combine all the ingredients to make readers want to finish them in a hurry. Cress is no exception: it has a heroine that the reader will want to embrace as she awkwardly tries to work out the real world after her incarceration and comes to grips with her infatuation with the handsome and cunning Thorne. The action is nonstop as Cinder and her company attempt to rescue Cress and evade the lunar queen, who will stop at nothing to gain control of Earth through her machinations to marry Emperor Kai.
Humorous and witty dialogue lifts the tension and believable characters that involve the reader make this a most enjoyable read. Meyer has brought together many of the strands of the series as she describes how Kai is being manipulated, the terrible use of technology on children and the horror of what it is like to live under the rule of Queen Levana.
This is one of the best series that I have read and it comes highly recommended for its originality, strong female characters who are happy to play with technology and wonderful world building. I can't wait for the next in the series.