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Monday, March 16, 2015

Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 550
Genre: Science Fiction • Romance

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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 high 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 review might contain spoilers to anyone who has not read the previous two books*

Marissa Meyer made me fall in love all over again with her Lunar Chronicles. And Cress tangled my heart. Cinder's crew, after finally coming together at the end of Scarlet, is scattered all over again, and if things weren't already hot and heavy, Queen Levana is about to marry Emperor Kai. And nothing will stop Levana from getting her hands on Earth. All except our daring heroines. The long lost Princess Selene is alive, and she is willing to go to any lengths in order to take back not only her crown, but her people from Levana's cruel rule. The space race is on in Cress.

Compared to its predecessors, Cress is a considerable length. And the beginning of the novel does take its time to get to the juicy parts. In that crankingly slow time we are introduced to the newest addition to Cinder's band of rogues: Cress. A tech-savvy  shell who aches to escape from her satellite prison. And our Rapunzel re-imagining. Personally, I did not find myself liking Cress for much of the novel. She had been isolated at a young age and shoved into a satellite for years, so I understand the fascination and wonder and romanticized expectations that she has about Earth and more importantly, Carswell Thorne, who is supposedly the Flynn Ryder (because I'm a Tangled nut) of the story. BUT, I would like to say that I just didn't find much appealing about her. Cress didn't strike me as a character I wanted to root for or even come to like. She was bland and quite annoying. But her tech skills are banging, so gold star in that category.

Also Iko get's her own POV in this one! None of you have any idea how happy I was to come across that. IKO IS MY FAVORITE HANDS DOWN! Between Iko and the dashingly suave Captain Throne, I was drinking up this book.

Cress takes out all the stops. Splitting the group was like splitting my heart, but the lengths gone to regroup was intense. Marissa Meyer gives you everything you love about these books and intensifies it tenfold. Fans of the books will not be disappointed. Unless you weren't moved by Cress the character like I was. But either way, the story goes above and beyond . . . and I will save you all the space puns.

Final Summation: The plot thickens as the saying goes. Cress delves deeper in the political strife between Luna and Earth, explores both new and old characters, and creates a new OTP. So add another to the list because Cinder and Kai, and Scarlet and Wolf weren't enough. Just make my heart break, Marissa Meyer, it's not like I needed it anyway. Onto reading Levena's story, but I want Winter in my hands pronto!

 Four targets slayed for Iko, of course!