Series: Lunar Chronicles #3
Published by Penguin Australia on February 6, 2014
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Incarcerated in a satellite, an expert hacker and out to save the world - Cress isn't your usual damsel in distress.
Cress grew-up as a prisoner. With only netscreens for company she's forced to do the bidding of the evil Queen Levana. Now that means tracking down Cinder and her handsome accomplice Emperor Kai. But little does Levana know that those she seeks, and the man she loves, are plotting her downfall . . .
As paths cross and the price of freedom rises, happily ever after has never seemed further away for Cress, Scarlet and Cinder.
This is not the fairy tale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.
The whole internet is gushing about Cress and now I know why. It’s superior to Cinder and Scarlet and I loved every single page of the book. At 500 pages, that’s a big call, but the plot was paced so perfectly with the perfect amount of action, laughs, and character development that I wanted more. Each of the characters’ stories are interwoven seamlessly here, even with the changing point of views (which is a criticism I had with Scarlet).
Cress was a fantastic addition to the cast and so different to the snarktastic, loyal Cinder and the straight talking, fiery Scarlet. Her social awkwardness, obsession with Thorne and unrealistic ideals for romance makes her completely charming in her own way. Seeing Thorne finally get his match warms the heart as he takes center stage in Cress.
“Since we have a few minutes…maybe we should talk about how to handle this girl. If she’s been stuck on a satellite for seven years, with no one to talk to but a Lunar tharmaturge, she might be…socially awkward. I think we should all make an effort to be extra welcoming and supportive and…try not to terrify her.” – Scarlet
With so many leading ladies and men, Meyer manages to avoid the ‘too many cooks’ syndrome with each character shining on their own accord. You’ve got Cinder who is now taking on the weight of the world on her shoulders. The broody, fists first Wolf who only has his eye on Scarlet. Scarlet, the fiery, tough as nails orphan who unfortunately gets kidnapped. The shy, socially awkward but brilliant hacker Cress. The upbeat android Iko who narrates the ship. And of course, the witty, self confident Thorne who gets by with style and swagger. This cast of characters is absolutely brilliant and I adored every single one of them.
It’s not often that I find myself rooting for several couples in one series, but I love all of the pairings here, especially my favourite Cinder and Kai who are perfect for each other. Thorne and Cress had a really cute dynamic, with Cress being a socially awkward, idealistic romantic at heart and Thorne with his charm and overconfidence.
“How are your eyes?” she asked. (Cress)
“Well, I’ve been told they’re dreamy, but I’ll let you decide for yourself.” (Thorne)
Cress is noticeably heavier than previous books, with the plot more serious than it ever has been before. Thorne is blinded at the start of the book, Cinder uses her Lunar powers in a dark way and Scarlet is not treated well on Luna. Even Cinder’s trademark sarcasm is wit is bogged down with the weight of responsibility, as she assumes a leadership position within the crew. We are ramping up for some pretty major political breakthroughs, with Kai’s forthcoming marriage with Queen Levana and Cinder planning to stop the Lunar war. But Thorne’s hilarious remarks and Iko’s charming personality were a much needed reprieve from all of the seriousness.
Marissa Meyer is a genius for reinventing these fairy tales into something fresh, vibrant and completely enthralling, placing beloved fairy tale characters into the futuristic world of Lunar. When the story for each book is interwoven into the single point of awesomeness that is Cress, you know that the author has a plan for the series as she takes us to its epic finale in Winter. Cress is a magnificent, flawless story that just makes me want to squeal like a fangirl over the characters, the cover, the writing and Kai. If you haven’t read this series yet, do yourself a favour and READ IT NOW. You can thank me later.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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