Cress by Marissa Meyer
Paperback, 566 pages
Published: January 27th 2015 by Square Fish (first published February 4th 2014)
~Rating: 5/5 stars~
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 higher 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.
“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.”
I love this series so much! The characters match the fairy tales in such a unique and creative way. Seriously I don’t even know where to begin this review for this undeniable master piece of a novel. I felt the story really took off in this one: traveling to African deserts!
The characters were all so loveable and each one of them has a clear distinct personality. Thus when reading all the different point of views you could clearly distinguish a unique voice making each chapter a refreshing breath of new air. As for the new characters Cress was a brilliant actress in the making and captured the dreamer inside of us all perfectly. I loved Cress and her growth throughout the novel and her obsession with Thorne was completely understandable. She’s so not like a typical heroine. She’s extremely intelligent but is primarily a daydreamer and tends to be swept up in her imagination. love how socially awkward and naive she is to the outside world.
“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder.”
Thorne made me laugh so much and I ship him and Cress so hard! Cress. Thorne. Freaking cuteness overload!! They are easily one of my all time favorite ships. Of course Cinder was great and so kickass in this one too. I loved Wolf in Scarlet and in this one he was really lacking for me..I felt so bad for him and Scarlet. I really loved Iko and she grew so much and she’s hilarious and so badass at the end!
“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.”
The plot was fast paced with not a dull moment to be seen and the pacing was perfect. It was filled with adventure: treks through the dessert, hopeless situations,(not so) damsels in distress, battles and small dashes of romance that spontaneously made me have a stupid, goofy grin. AND OMG THE ENDING. THAT ENDING. SO SO GOOD!! Kai finally seeing the light and that whole thing with Cinder was perfection! I highly recommend it!
Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf…), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a kid, something she doesn’t intend to grow out of. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder, her first novel debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers list