[ARC Review] Cress by Marissa Meyer

Monday, February 03, 2014

Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Genre: YA Science Fiction, Retelling
Format: Hardcover, 560 pages
Release Date: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC received from publisher in exchange for honest review

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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.

Cress is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, and I firstly want to give credit to Marissa for turning some of my favourite fairy tales into sci-fi adventures that are simply amazing and page-turning. These books exceed all expectations and every one of them has been better and more complex then the last.

What I loved most about Cress was Cress herself. She was such a breath of fresh air to this story. She is from outside their world ad therefore sees it very differently then everyone else. And that perspective was a great change. Cress is a character that, although naive to a lot of the world around her, still had extensive knowledge and has the capacity to care and love more than any character in this series. Her relationship with Throne is one of my favourites of all time because it was genuine. Their relationship grew over time and was not instant like some other stories out there.

What I love about this series is that a new character is introduced every book, but we also still follow everyone else. So in Cress we still see Cinder and Prince Kai, Queen Levana, Wolf and Scarlet (although I do wish we had more of her in this book) and Iko and of course Cress and Throne. I think this book was the best of the three because it dealt with more of a revolution stand point than the other two books. In this book a revolution was more a possibility and they set together a plan to stop the wedding that will ruin everything.

Cress is an amazing sequel to both Cinder and Scarlet, and I seriously cannot wait for Winter because [Spoiler Alert] you meet Winter at some point in this book, and oh it will be amazing! I cannot wait to see how this story plays out!!

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