Saturday, April 2, 2016

Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Pages: 550
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback 
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

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.

I love the idea of fairy tales being re-done. The imagination that authors use when taking a fairy tale that we have known from our childhood and transform it into something magical is something that takes time. However, when I read them, I do not want to be reading what was read to me when I was a little kid, and this is exactly what Marissa Meyer does. She takes our once loved fairy tale and transforms it into a story where we have to go back and think, is this really Cinderella? 

This book is one of the longest books that I have read in the longest of times, so it did take some time for to read it but it was so easy to read. I was not struggling at all to read through the pages and see the magic unfold chapter after chapter. It was a fast-paced read that captured my mind and stole me away on a vacation all around the world, and even to space. 

There are so many characters in here that I can go on and on about but I want you to read for yourself. However, there are a couple characters that I want to point to. Cinder, is still escaping Queen Levana’s grasp and is still tag teaming with Dr. Erland, Wolf, Scarlet, as they set out to stop a wedding that will lead to the Earth’s destruction. Cinder I feel, although appears quite a few times in the novel, is not the main show like in the other two novels. Crescent Moon is the girl to keep your eyes out for here. A girl locked away not in a tower, but a satellite, orbiting Earth as she works under Levanna in trying to find Cinder and her whereabouts but fortunately she decides to fight for planet Earth and help Cinder. She is a girl that has not had the chance to interact with humans and so she only has herself and the every now and then company of her handler. Cress is a beautiful girl who never really knew her family until it is too late. (OMG pause, I literally cried) Scarlet, is taken and oh my goodness. I feel bad of what she has to go through and so I need to know what happens next.

 I feel that there are three romances in this novel: Cress and Thorne, Cinder and Emperor Kai, and Wolf and Scarlet. All these are different in the sense of how each one acts around the other. We see different ideas of how they feel but not to the extent of what it could lead to, well at least not in the beginning. 

Overall this book has given me so much feels and I am excited to see where Marissa Meyer takes the next book. This series is one that anyone can pick up and devour within a weekend. Cress will leave you wanting nothing but more. Just make sure you have a box of tissues. 

I give this book 4 souls!

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