Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
YA ∴ SciFi/Fantasy ∴ Fairy-tale Retelling > Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel
Published February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
Paperback ∴ 552 pages
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
This was my favorite one yet! Cress is the sweetest, most innocent creature to ever figuratively walk the Earth. She’s so unapologetically romantic, which makes sense because she was stuck, alone, in a satellite for half her life. I also didn’t really like Thorne until he was with Cress. Her romanticism makes him seem less annoying, for sure. I also always wondered, before I read these books and only saw them on the shelves at my library, how “Cress” equated to “Rapunzel.” Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.
There are quite a few surprises that never even crossed my mind until they were revealed. Good thing I try to focus on spoiler-free reviews, right? I wrote a big reaction to one in my notebook and it’s just glaring me in the face… Anyway, I’m quickly witnessing Meyer’s writing improve throughout this series and I’m looking forward to her upcoming series’.
I think this is my favorite because so much happened, and I spent chapters wondering where other characters were and what was happening to them. I love how Meyer keeps the reader somewhat in the dark for chapters at a time. I’m way too excited to start Winter, but I have to read Fairest first. I think backtracking and learning about Levana, feeling for Levana will make the end of this series feel complete, rather than reading it after Winter. I can’t wait to see how everything comes together, and hoping no one important dies…