Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 560
Genres: Young Adult, Science-Fiction


Incarcerated in a satellite, an expert hacker and out to save the world - Cress isn't your usual damsel in distress.

CRESS grew-up as a prisoner. With only netscreens for company she's forced to do the bidding of the evil Queen Levana. Now that means tracking down Cinder and her handsome accomplice Emperor Kai. But little does Levana know that those she seeks, and the man she loves, are plotting her downfall . . .

As paths cross and the price of freedom rises, happily ever after has never seemed further away for Cress, Scarlet and Cinder.

This is not the fairy tale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.

The gang are separated from each other for much of this book, there are a lot of crises that do stall Cinder and the plan to overthrow Queen Levana. More is revealed about Letumosis, there are major issues with Wolf, and Scarlet, well... poor Scarlet.

I loved Cress, out of all the female characters she is the favourite by far. I just felt her pain, trapped for years in a satellite - with no shoes, hardly any clothes and no way to cut her hair. Unsurprisingly, she has a very rich inner fantasy life and I just really related to her. I loved how she was the often overlooked integral element to this story, without Cress's amazing hacking and programming skills it would have been game over for Cinder the moment she escaped with Thorne aboard the Rampion.

I think the way Marissa Meyer weaved in the original classic tale of Rapunzel throughout this book was just fantastic. I loved the slow blossoming relationship that sprung up between Thorne and Cress. There was nothing about Cress and Thorne's story I didn't love, to be honest.

I really felt sorry for Kai in this book, it was kind of like he knew that he was sacrificing himself by agreeing to marry Queen Levana but he really had no choice. Kai is largely helpless during this book, trapped by political chains and the threat of war. It was awful.

Some new characters are introduced, namely Jacin - a very mysterious, ambiguous character. I never really could figure out what Jacin's angle for anything was. I am hoping it will be more clear in Winter. Winter! There is a fleeting glimpse of Princess Winter in this book and oh my, she is an interesting character. I mean *cough* Crazy! *cough*.

There was also a very tragic and tearful event that unfolds in the story, I don't want to spoil anything but... I felt very sad over a particular death.

All in all Cress is by far the best instalment in The Lunar Chronicles by far. It gave me a lot of feels, a lot of shocking revelations and an epic conclusion.

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