Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Format: eBook, 560 pages
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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.
I have been meaning to read Cress forever. If I remember correctly, I even pre-ordered this book before its release in 2014. But, as I’ve said a thousand times right here, I suck at series. No matter how much I enjoyed Cinder and Scarlet, for whatever reason, I didn’t continue on with the series as the new books were published. I’m equal parts kicking myself for waiting so long and patting myself on the back so I can binge them right now. Which is exactly what I’m doing now.
I’m not sure any review I write will do justice to this book, or say anything that hasn’t been said hundreds of times before, but it didn’t feel right not to say a few words about it. Before Cress, I considered Scarlet my favorite book in the series. After? Cress might edge it out by a slim margin. (It’s so hard to play favorites!) I’ve always loved the story of Rapunzel. The twist that Marissa Meyer puts on it in this book is brilliant. I absolutely adored Cress. She was a fantastic, real female character. She was smart and tough, but still vulnerable. She was a romantic at heart and definitely gave me the feels. Her pairing with Captain Thorne was perfect in ways I can’t even begin to tell. Yes, he frustrated me sometimes, but never for long. He was a complicated guy, but he became a better one with her.
Of course, it wasn’t just the “romance” that made me love this book as much as I did. I just love this world Marissa Meyer has built and how each new installment unlocks a connection we didn’t previously know about. The pieces are really starting to come together in Cress and I’m thoroughly hooked (and perhaps even a little obsessed) with this series right now. While Cress and Thorne were definitely at the forefront of this story, my favorites from earlier in the series – Cinder, Kai, Iko, Scarlet and Wolf – all play a huge part in the story. So does Levana. (Ugh.) But every story has to have its villain… and there’s no doubt she’s a darn good one.
I started this book in audiobook format, but I couldn’t stick with it for long. NOT because the narrator didn’t do a good job. She definitely did. Rebecca Soler does a great job with these books. I just wasn’t able to make nearly enough audiobook reading/listening time, so it wasn’t long before I abandoned the audiobook in favor of print. When it comes time to reread this series (and it so will), I’ll be doing it in audiobook format.
That’s all for now! Time to continue the binge!
She dreamed of deep soul connections and passionate kisses and daring escapades. She was certain that he simply had to meet her, just once, and he would feel the same way. It would be like those epic love affairs that exploded into existence and burned white hot for all eternity. The type of love that time and distance and even death couldn’t separate.
It always came back to love. More than freedom, more than acceptance – love. True love, like they sang about in the second era. The kind that filled up a person’s soul. The kind that lent itself to dramatic gestures and sacrifices. The kind that was irresistible and all-encompassing.
“You’ve probably told lots of girls you loved them.”
“Well, yeah, but I would have reconsidered if I’d known you were going to hold it against me.”
“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”
Have you read this series?
Did you love it as much as I do?