Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer
(The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Hardcover, 550 pages
Published February 4th, 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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.

My thoughts…

This series just keeps getting better and better. I really enjoy all the new characters and having the fairy-tales entwine within each. In this book, we get to know Cress, a girl locked away all by herself in a satellite and based on the fairy tale character Rapunzel. Where Cinder is a thinker and Scarlet is feisty, Cress is lovable, charming and naïve, she has only learned about relationships and interacting with others from watching transmissions from her satellite.

The novel begins with Cinder, Thorne, Scarlet, Wolf, and Iko on a mission to rescue Cress from her satellite. During the rescue mission things go horribly wrong, Scarlet is taken, tortured and held captive on Lunar. A Lunar Royal Guard, Jacin, ends up on the ship with Cinder. Thorne and Cress are sent crashing into Earth and up stranded in the Sahara Desert. During the crash to Earth, Thorne was injured, resulting in blindness. The interaction between Thorne and Cress was wonderful, but I must be honest, their trek through the desert wasn’t all that entertaining, I wanted them to walk faster!

“Captain?""Yeah?""Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?"He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. "No. I'm pretty sure it was Cinder.”
― Marissa Meyer, Cress

“Captain,” she murmured.“I think I’m in love with you.”An eyebrow shot up. She counted six beats of his heart before, suddenly, he laughed.“Don’t tell me it took you two whole days to realize that. I must be losing my touch.”
― Marissa Meyer, Cress

When the gang meets up and forms a plan to stop the marriage between Queen Levana Emperor Kai the action picks up.

“All right, Miss Cryptic. What's the new plan, then?"Glancing around the room, Cinder tipped up her chin. "It starts with kidnapping the groom."Iko's hand shot into the air.
"Yes, Iko?""That is the best idea ever. Count me in.”
― Marissa Meyer, Cress
Iko is always adorable and I was happy that she finally got the body that she always wanted. Thanks to Thorne for winning a pleasure android in a poker game.
 “See? Injustice. Here we are, risking our lives to rescue Kai and this whole planet, and Adri and Pearl get to go to the royal wedding. I’m disgusted. I hope they spill soy sauce on their fancy dresses.” Jacin’s concern turned fast to annoyance. “Your ship has some messed-up priorities, you know that?” “Iko. My name is Iko. If you don’t stop calling me the ‘ship,’ I am going to make sure you never have hot water during your showers again, do you understand me?” “Yeah, hold that thought while I go disable the speaker system.” “What? You can’t mute me. Cinder!”
― Marissa Meyer, Cress

While Scarlet is held captive, we get our first real glimpse at the Lunar Princess, Winter. Time to move onto the next book in the series.

Happy Reading -J

“Maybe great, epic romances don't just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”
― Marissa Meyer, Cress


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