Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Review of Cress by Marissa Meyer


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.

(Summary from GoodReads)

Now that I have finished reading Cress, I would like to immediately get my hands on Winter.

We meet Cress at the very beginning of the book, and the poor girl has been stuck on a satellite by herself for a long time.  She’s extremely tech savvy, but her social skills need work. She sometimes doesn’t have the most realistic expectations for her interactions with others, and I could hardly blame her.  Her awkwardness combined with her genuine desire to help people made her all the more endearing.

As you can guess, Cress eventually communicates with Cinder and her crew. I won’t specify the who and how, because I want to avoid spoilers. I will say that there is a lot more Thorne in this book, and while he had a sleazy side, I was so happy to see more of him.  He reminded me a lot of Mal Reynolds from Firefly, and envisioning him as Nathan Fillion made my reading experience much swoonier.  In terms of the other characters, I also started to feel more sympathy towards Wolf.  I loved getting to know Scarlet and Iko better.

In terms of plot, Cress is a long book, clocking in at about 450 pages, but it goes by quickly.  There was always something happening, and I loved how Meyer showed us more about how different parts of the world were reacting to Cinder and the implications of her actions.  I also loved how the different characters had to use their skills to complement one another.  There were some fantastic twists thrown into the story—especially the one that made me really want Winter.  Meyer is definitely juggling a lot of storylines here, but she blends them so well that the story never feels contrived.

Cress was yet another fantastic installment of the Lunar Chronicles series. I loved seeing more of Meyer’s awesome characters and watching their stories, which have human elements even when the characters aren’t human.  I loved seeing how this world expanded, and I have no doubt that Winter is going to be a thrilling ride.  I’ll be sad when this series has to end, but I’m also hoping that some of my favorite characters will get their own happily ever afters.

Disclosure: The publisher sent me an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review, but by the time you read this, I'll have a hardcover in my hands. 

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