Title: Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Reading level: YA
Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.
In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only 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 goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.
The Lunar Chronicles only continues to improve. I honestly thought I couldn’t love the series any more than I did after reading Cinder but I was wrong. Cress is the best book in the series so far and I believe that Winter will be even better.
Marissa Meyer continues to amaze me with her stories. Everything seems separate and yet it somehow all ties together perfectly in the end. That became even more apparent in Cress. Every character, every storyline, every last plot point came together in this book to make for one amazingly convoluted story. No matter how small the detail, it all made perfect sense at the end of Cress.
Cress was an odd character. She was imprisoned on a satellite for years, never having any human contact other than with her captor. She had no clue how to interact with people when she finally did meet them. That became very obvious, very quickly. Cress was awkward in a really adorable way. She was brilliant, as well, which probably didn’t help with her awkwardness. It also didn’t help that she had a major crush on Thorne (who wouldn’t?). There were quite a few laughs at her interactions with Thorne. Thorne was hilarious on his own but add in Cress and I laughed a lot. They were perfectly imperfect together.
The story really comes to a head in Cress. Everything has been leading to a revolution and while that revolution hasn’t quite started yet, it’s pretty much there now. Every last detail is put in place. Every person who is going to be involved has been introduced. Motives have been explored, not just the typical ones but even the unexpected ones. Things are going to go down in Winter. That’s my prediction.
Overall, I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m going to stop now. I have to say though that I can’t recommend this book enough. Cress is the best in the series so far and even though it’s over 500 pages, you will read it in no time! Just think of all that Thorne! That’s why there are so many pages.
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