Title: Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA sci-fi/retelling
Length: 550 pages
Published by: Macmillan
Source: my school library (kisses it)
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.
Okay, Lunartics, you’ve got me. You used your glamour voodoo, didn’t you? You glamoured me into ABSOLUTELY LOVING THIS SERIES.
We get to meet Cress in this book (obviously). She basically screams
She’s so shy and awkward and funny and I love her. I ship her and Thorne so hard because she’s basically a fangirl for him and I love it. You know what else is great about her? Her name means lettuce. She’s a lettuce.
I looked into this a bit and it’s because Rapunzel is a type of radish or something, so it fits that Cress would be a lettuce. Obviously. Anyway, I loved how Marissa Meyer incorporated the story of Rapunzel. It was so cleverly done! I have said it twice before but I will say it again: the way Marissa Meyer does retellings is incredible, merging the original story with a fantastic world of her own creation. I will read anything she writes.
Kai becomes more likeable in this book. He saw some sense, finally. I liked that.
Thorne becomes more awesome. Because he’s Thorne.
Cinder was as kick-butt as usual. I love Cinder. I think she’s my favourite.
Iko was as sassy as ever. Best robot ever.
Scarlet…poor Scarlet. I almost cringed reading the things that happened to her. But my lips are sealed. I would have liked to see more of her, actually – there wasn’t much.
CRESS IS ADORABLE, OKAY. She just is.
Wolf is a maniac again. But we love him anyway.
We get a glimpse of Winter. She’s creepy. And great.
And the different POVs worked so well! I was a bit worried because there were so many, but I shouldn’t have doubted Marissa Meyer. It’s a great mix of action, hilariousness and fantastic characters.
The only bits I didn’t like as much were the political discussions with Kai and the others. They dragged on a bit. And Thorne and Cress were in the desert for a LONG TIME. But those are small quibbles.
Overall, a really fantastic read.
But now I have to wait aaaaaages for Winter.
Rating: 5/5 Wonderkitties