Title: Cress (Lunar Chronicles Book 3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1St Edition edition (February 4, 2014)
Age Range: 12-17 years
Amazon Reviews: 4.8/5 stars
I borrowed this book from my local library
Blurb as seen on Amazon.com:
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.
I’ll get the negative out of the way first. There was a strong, and I mean strong Disney TANGLED vibe going on here. At times, I found it difficult not to imagine Rapunzel and Flynn Rider in the roles of Cress and Carswell Thorne. Might have just been me, and there’s only so far you can stray from the Rapunzel fairy tale, but it was a distraction.
Okay, now that’s out of the way, I can get on to the fact that I loved this book. Of course, I’ve adored all of the Lunar Chronicles so far, so I wasn’t surprised. Meyer does a great job of using the basics of the fairy tale (long hair, handsome “prince” going blind, evil woman has her locked up), but still gives us an intense, suspenseful sci-fi novel full of plot twists, deep characters, plenty of action and some great subplots. Have to admit, but I found Cress’s silly boy-crush on Carswell a bit annoying at first, but Meyer handled it nicely, demonstrating the fault in such feelings while still allowing the characters to grow and try to figure out what their own hearts were telling them. And Cinder and Scarlett weren’t forgotten either. Cinder gets a little payback and some healing allowing her to move on a little from her past and Scarlet? Well, Scarlet’s in there, but we’ll have to wait for her happy ending.
We also meet two new characters who have me totally psyched for the fourth installment of the series. Winter is delightfully deranged and Jacin has me wanting to know what’s behind that insane ability to hide his emotions.
Overall, I’d say this book is definitely worth your time if you’ve enjoyed the previous two. If you haven’t read CINDER and SCARLET, but enjoy fairy tale re-tellings and sci-fi novels, well by all means read all three. You won’t be disappointed! But I have just one question: How do you pronounce thaumaturge?!
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars