Cress

Cress

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By (author) Marissa Meyer

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  • Publisher: FEIWEL & FRIENDS
  • Format: Hardback | 552 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 213mm x 61mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312642970
  • ISBN 13: 9780312642976
  • Sales rank: 2,984

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In this third book in Marissa Meyer's bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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 prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she'd ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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Marissa Meyer's first two books in the Lunar Chronicles, "Cinder" and "Scarlet," debuted on the "New York Times "bestseller list. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their three cats.

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By Brenna Staats 26 Feb 2014 5

There aren't very many YA book series I recommend to everyone - but The Lunar Chronicles is one of them, and Cress convinced me of that!

Cress is a great addition to Marissa Meyer's series, and fits in nicely with the first two books. On top of that, Cress stands out as its own book with its own story and characters - with this third book, you can readily see how different the characters are and how each book has a different "feel" to it!

Reasons to Read:

1. Complex, detailed plot development:

You see hints of this in Cinder and Scarlet, but by the time we get to Cress it's becoming clearer how much detail and thought Marissa has put in to this story. There are all sorts of secrets and twists that begin to make a lot of sense!

2. Cress' character stands out on her own:

One of my favourite things about The Lunar Chronicles is how each female protagonist (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress so far) is so unique from the others. And Cress is so naive and anxious, yet such a dreamer! I kept telling my younger sister that she HAS to read this book because Cress reminds me so much of her - and I think Cress is going to resonate with many readers (particularly some younger ones is my guess) or for all of us with our awkward moments.

3. Fantastic balancing of a large cast of characters:

At this point, there are a lot of characters bouncing around in Cress and it would be very easy for them to become muddled and confused but amazingly, they aren't. The story is set up with each character in a very specific position with their own unique purpose. To me, this is the best way to appreciate so many different characters at once.
Of course, the downside of having so many characters is that even with 500+ pages, some characters just won't get the attention I'd like them to have (Scarlet, for example). I think Marissa does a remarkable job of keeping this from happening too much.

Overall, I think Cress is the perfect addition to The Lunar Chronicles and an incredible third book! There's plenty of action, intrigue, and romance to easily hold the reader's attention and I easily and quickly read through its many pages.

ARC received from Macmillan for review; no other compensation was received.

By Bieke @ Istyria book blog 10 Feb 2014 5

This review contains a few spoilers for the first two books in the series, Cinder and Scarlet. If you have not read them yetΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬ΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β¦ I suggest you do that now, because youΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’re missing out. There also may be a few minor ones for Cress.

Oh my stars, this was awesome. This is by far the best book of the series so far, for me personally. I loved it so much! I read it the minute I got it in my mail and I finished it that same day. Could not put it down. Cress is a action-packed, brilliantly written, amazing, wild roller coaster ride. And as soon as all of it has processed in my mind and I have written this review, I will go and cry because I will have to wait for a whole year for Winter.

Cress is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles. In it we first meet Cress. She is a very talented hacker and has lived in a satellite for years as a prisoner, working for the Lunar Queen. But she has other plans and calls for help from our beloved gang. Cinder, Thorne, Wolf and Scarlet go to her rescue, but stuff happens and they get separated from each other. Cress and Thorne are catapulted down to Earth in the satellite, Scarlet is taken by CressΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s mistress, Sibyl to Luna and Cinder and Wolf manage to escape in their ship to Africa where they meet with Dr. Erland. The clock is ticking and they have to find each other again and make a plan to stop Queen Levana.

Yes, it is as awesome as it sounds. My heart was racing the entire time and I just had to keep on reading. While the other two books were a bit predictable, Cinder more than Scarlet, this one was not. Which had me sitting on the edge of my seat for all of the 550 pages. I think thatΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s why I loved this one the most so far. The writing is still incredible and really, I bow to you Marissa. I really do. There is not much of a recap, so if it has been a year since youΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’ve read the other booksΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬ΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β¦ shame on you! You couldΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’ve done a marathon and then crawl to a corner and cry like the rest of us because of the long wait for Winter. Seriously thoughΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬ΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β¦ A year? I donΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’t compute.

So stuff happens when they rescue Cress and they are separated. Scarlet is taken to Luna as a prisoner and even though she didnΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’t have a lot of story in this book, itΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s still really intense. Especially towards the end. My god, Marissa, you are merciless! Which brings me to Thorne and Cress. When they crash to Earth (of course they donΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’t die, the book would be over if they did, so itΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s not a spoiler), something happens to Thorne which makes him blind. At first I was raging mad at Marissa for doing that, because wellΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬ΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β¦ we all love Thorne. But he still is the same arrogant handsome jerk we all hate because we love him, so itΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s all good. They are stranded in the desert and I loved how they bonded. And CressΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s first moments on Earth were actually pretty funny, because it reminded me of Rapunzel in the Disney movie Tangled when she first came out of her tower. (Yes, the song would fit perfectly for that moment in the book too.) Overall, Cress was pretty similar to Rapunzel from Tangled, which I loved because I love that movie. You know, sheΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s a bit awkward around other people because sheΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s been alone for all those years except for a few visits from her mistress. SheΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s funny and yes I can picture her defending herself with a frying pan. But sheΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s also an amazing hacker and a really great character and I loved her.

Then we come to Cinder and Wolf. Wolf also doesnΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’t have much of a story because heΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s knocked out for one part of the book and practically a zombie the other part. He worries about Scarlet, which does give him some character development. Cinder has a lot of pressure on her shoulders and in this book, sheΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s really scared and worried. What if she canΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’t save the world? What if her plan goes horribly wrong? And I loved that too because it means that sheΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s no Mary Sue and it makes her more human too. But of course, sheΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s still a bad ass cyborg Lunar princess so she kicks ass when she has too.

That leaves us with the other minor characters. ThereΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s a new one (sort off), Jacin Clay. HeΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s a Lunar Guard who actually helped Cinder and Wolf escape from the satellite. HeΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s mentioned in the first book too if I remember correctly. Then we have Dr. Erland, also from book one. HeΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s in Africa, where Cinder meets up with him and he also has a storyline, which IΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’m not going to talk about because thatΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s a spoiler. So IΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’ll move on to Kai, who I love again! In Scarlet, I had a love-hate relationship with him, but not anymore. HeΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s a prince and heΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s hot and he actually does things right in this book. Well, for the most part anyway. That leaves us withΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬ΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β¦. Levana. Yeah, still hate her. IΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’m not going to talk about all the other side characters, but I do want to mention one of them because she has a pretty big role in the fourth book! Yes, Winter makes an appearance towards the end. I wonΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’t spoil anything about it, all IΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’ll say is that sheΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s not what I thought she would be, in a very good way. And it makes me even more excited to read the next book.

Stars, it seems I have a lot to say about these books. They are just so brilliant and I love them so much and I try to avoid thinking about how long the wait is for Winter. But time goes by very quick for me these days, so 2015 will be here before I realize. At least, thatΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s what I hope. Of course I recommend this book! Fans of the series so far wonΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’t be disappointed and if you areΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬ΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β¦ I think you read another book. So if you havenΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’t had the chance to start this one yet, brace yourself because youΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’re in for a wild ride!

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"As always, Meyer excels at interweaving new characters that extend beyond the archetypes of their fairy tale into the main story. Readers will eagerly await the final installment of this highly appealing and well-constructed series." --"School Library Journal" "Meyer continues to show off her storytelling prowess, keeping readers engaged in a wide cast of characters while unfolding a layered plot that involves warring governments and a fast-spreading plague. The momentum Meyer built in the first two books continues to accelerate as the stakes grow higher for Cinder and her friends. The next installment cannot come fast enough." --Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW "Once again, Meyer offers up a science fiction fantasy page-turner that salutes women's intelligence and empowerment . . . Old and new romances, unfinished story lines, and the prognostication of wartime horrors all pave the way for Meyer's much anticipated next installment, "Winter," expected in 2015." - "Booklist" "This multilayered, action-packed page-turner is sure to please series fans." - The Horn Book