Cress by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Cress Goodreads Summary
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.
I must say, right now, that this series is amazing! I have been waiting and waiting for Cress to come out, and just like the other books, it did not disappoint. I love fairy tales and almost nothing is better than a fairy tale retelling! Needless to say, I was quite excited that Cress (short for Crescent moon) was based on Rapunzel.
It was so nice to read about Cress, and get to know her while she was stuck in her tower, er, satellite orbiting Earth, and see her character develop as she came in contact with Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, Iko, Dr. Erland, and Thorne - who she just happened to have a major crush on! I loved how she was so interested in everything that had to do with Earth. It was a nice twist how she had become a great hacker (how helpful would that be), how she was supposed to help her terrible mistress Sybil but had the courage and brains to, oh I don't know, maybe go behind her back a little. My heart broke for her at times. I loved to watch her grow, interacting with people, experiencing Earth, and of course helping save Earth and Luna from Queen Levana.
Sometimes, when not done well, multiple points of view (POV's) can become confusing. Not with Marissa Meyer! I applaud her skill of writing in multiple POV's! She gets into the unique personality and voice of each of her characters and really understands them. Therefore, the reader feels more for them, understands them better, and most of all sees their character growth more. Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Kai, Wolf, Thorne, Dr. Erland, even Levana? Yes please! Let's get to know them all!
Which brings us to some of the most astounding character growth I have ever seen! I loved how each character grew in their own ways, and we got to see even deeper into their characters. All of them. Cinder's new-found leadership role and Lunar powers, Kai's role as leader and how he is torn between the choices he is faced with, and so much more (I don't want to give anything away). Everyone plays a vital role, and has their own important and useful skills. Working together, will they be able to come up with a plan, save Earth, and overthrow Levana? What will happen along the way, and will they all make it safely?
Cress will keep people people guessing with its many intriguing twists! I can't wait to read Winter!
I would live to say more about Cress, but then there would be spoilers, so I think I will go lock myself in a satellite with some books (I don't know how they will ever add up to Cress though)!
The intricately woven descriptions of this created world, the action, the sweet and unique relationships, the situations and events, perfect balance of humorous moments and dire situations, all combine to create an unbelievably amazing and intriguing series that everyone must read!
You will also get to know a little more about Luna and get a glimpse of Winter - who the fourth book is about.
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