Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Remember when this blog used to be about book reviews? Whew, it has been a long time since then. Today, I had the urge to get back into reviewing. And the perfect way to start is with a book I adored! 

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends

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. (Goodreads description)
Before launching into my review of Cress, let me just say a quick note of praise for books 1 and 2 of the series, Cinder and Scarlet. They are amaze! And you can't read Cress without first reading the others. Not only would the story not make sense, but they provide the needed depth to the characters that gets expanded upon in each book. So check them out.

As for Cress. LOVED IT! Cress is Marissa Meyer's adaptation of the Rapunzel story. But instead of locked in a high tower, Cress is locked in a satellite and has been for years. Cress is likeable albeit a bit awkward. She's spent her whole life in a satellite with only her imagination as company. Once thrust painfully into the real world, she has to navigate the hardships of reality. Fortunately she does so with a charming accomplice who is snarky, cocky, and admirably brave.  As a result, a girl who is socially awkward and a guy who oozes charisma are forced to rely on each other for survival. It makes for an adorable duo. And not to give anything away...but...prepare for a little romance.

The story also picks up where the last book left off, with our other characters still on the run. Instead of becoming trite, the story grows in a very entertaining and organic manner. Tangled plot points are given answers while new questions arise. Ah, so frustrating yet so unbelievably entertaining! I love when a web of a story is intricately woven, but you just know that all the pieces have a purpose. 

The story kept me intrigued from beginning to end and left me yearning for what comes next! If you love the old fairy tales and science fiction (an exciting combination), then check out these books.

Cress is Ernest Approved.

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