Summary: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.
Cinder and Scarlet both totally knocked my socks off, so when Cress – the third (of four) book in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series released, the first thing I did on release day was run to the bookstore and buy a copy! Like always, it doesn’t take Meyer very long to jump into action. Pretty much the whole book was filled with action, suspense, mystery, and romance.
Basically, the beginning starts off as we meet our new addition to the cast: Cress.
Cress is basically being held hostage in a satellite; living her entire life with only netscreens and androids as company. Fortunately for Cress, all this screen time has made her quite an excellent hacker. The not-so-fortunate news? She’s being ordered by Queen Levana, and she’s just been ordered to hunt down Cinder and her crew.
But Cinder and Cress strike a deal: Cress’ rescue in exchange for Cinder’s freedom. View Spoiler »But when rescuing Cress goes astray, Scarlet is captured by the Lunars and is forced to constant mind manipulation and torture, and Cinder / an injured Wolf and Thorne / Cress are forced to separate. But will they reunite…in time to save Kai from his arranged marriage to Queen Levena? « Hide Spoiler
What I really, really love about this series is how detailed and well-developed the characters are. They each have their own quirks, flaws, and personalities that make them distinguishable, relatable, and just memorable overall; and I’m happy to say that Cress is no exception.
Cinder is as intelligent and thoughtful as she has been in the past two books. She’s very determined and it’s really amazing watching her transform into this leader role.
Warmhearted, loyal, faithful – but also a bit bossy and arrogant – Scarlet Benoit makes a second appearance in Cress, however it’s not quite on the large scale I wanted it to be.
Cress is a completely different protagonist from the shy but intelligent Cinder and the loyal but fiery Scarlet. Cress – being locked up for as long as she has been – is quite naive, and I really felt that the way Marissa portrayed her was wonderful. Underneath everything, though, Cress is truly a sweet and courageous protagonist who adds such a great variety to the series.
Every single romance in Cress had me immediately saying:
Marissa is definitely – without a doubt – the master of writing romances. From Cinder and Kai’s gentle, almost vulnerable, romance that never really got to begin; to the wonderful, fiery romance of Wolf and Scarlet, Marissa’s center of romance in Cress is between the charismatic and hilarious Captain Thorne and the brave and naive Cress; and it definitely – without a doubt – exceeded my expectations!
I can’t believe I have to wait another year for Winter, but I have no doubt that it will be worth the wait. This series is just so amazing in every way possible, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t started it yet. Because, really…what are you waiting for?!?!