Book: Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date Published: February 14th, 2014
Date Started: October 28th, 2015
Date Finished: November 7th, 2015
Other Books Reviewed: Cinder, Scarlet, Fairest, Winter
Even in the future. there are damsels in distress…
In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana’s evil plan, has a slight problem. She’s been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, 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.
When I think of good attributes of science fiction or fantasy series, I think of world building and a good build up to the big climax of the overall story. In other to achieve this, I believe that each installment has to add something new to the world but at the same time, tie everything together. Marisa Meyer died a FANTASTIC job with the world building in The Lunar Chronicles. Each story just kept getting better and better. I thought I loved Cinder, but then Scarlet came along. And then Cress came along. Just like before, Cress is my favorite so far. With this pattern, I’m going to assume that I’m going got fall head over heels with Winter, the next and final installment in The Lunar Chronicles. When I finished Cress, I could just feel everything click into place. I knew where they all came from and I knew what needed to happen next. I think that this is due to the fact that a lot is revealed in Cress because Cress herself had been working for Levana and knew a lot of her dirty secrets. Its just one of those stories where you get sucked in and you need the next installment right away. Thankfully, by the time that this is posted, I will have Winter in my hands and will be well into the story. (Spoiler: I started it, and I’m already in love!)
What I really think added to the world building was the characters themselves. Each girl and guy is featured in their own book, but they are left behind there. they bring their own stories that are truly integral to the overall story. That means that their participation in the rest of the story is crucial. In fact, you get to see more growth and character development from each character. You could really see Cinder starting to accept her new destiny and grow into that position. I really loved Cress as a new character in this saga. She kind of felt like the extra spark needed in order to be truly able to fight against Levana, considering the fact that Cress worked for Levana since she was a little child. What I loved most about her was not her computer skills, but in the way she uses them. She was small and insecure, but she had the guts to use her skills against a tyrant. She had the guts to be a dreamer. To have an imagination. I think that says a lot for someone like her. For being a Lunar. For being Levana’s subject. I would imagine that being a Lunar would not allow many freedoms, like thinking. Dreaming is an awfully big rebellion coming Cress.
Speaking of Cress, I really loved the romance with Thorne. It wasn’t really like a typical romance, and I really liked that. I was actually laughing at myself at one point because of their romance. Typically, I like seeing more action than romance. But this book had me saying “Less Science! More Kissing!” https://twitter.com/ahistoryofbooks/status/662531698995761152
It also doesn’t help that I see Thorne as Flynn Rider from Tangled. He’s got that Perfect amount of cockiness and charm! I’m sure I’m not the only one that sees Thorne that way.
I feel like there wasn’t enough of some characters like Wolf, Scarlet, and Levana. However, I think that the absence of Wolf and Scarlet speaks multitudes, but I’m not going to mention anymore because I don’t want to spoil anything. As for Levana, I wanted to see more of her but that was remedied when I read Fairest. I highly recommend reading that, by the way. If you think she’s messed up now, wait until you read Fairest. I’ll talk more in depth about Fairest in my next post.
I cannot recommend this series enough. I love everything about it- the world building, the character development, the romance. I’m really excited for Winter, but at the same time, I’ll really be sad to see this series go. It’s quickly become one of my favorites. If you haven’t read it yet, just go out now and buy it! You won’t regret it!