And she was nothing if not in distress."
Cress has been locked up in a satellite for years with no human contact. She's been trapped by the evil queen's right hand, and other than that she hasn't seen anyone else in years. Sound familiar? *cough* it's a loose retelling of Rapunzel *cough* Cress is the third book in Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles. This is a spectacular series, and I really regret not reading it sooner. I highly recommend that everyone reads it because, honestly these books are so much fun and it's impossible not to be completely absorbed in the world.
I was extremely impressed by the first two books (Cinder & Scarlet) (I have reviews for those, if you're interested), and so I had extremely high expectations for Cress... This book smashed through said expectations. Cress is spectacular, full of intriguing but lovable characters and an enthralling plot line. This is definitely the best book so far in the series. Kind of surprising, seeing as most books lose their momentum throughout the series, but these books? They just keep gaining it.
Cress adds, well, Cress to our lovable team of rebels. Cress is an adorable character, I really relate to her awkwardness. Of course, she hasn't had contact with humanity for a really long time, but somehow I'm still as awkward, if not more so than her. Basically she's a very relatable character that you just can't help but think is very cute.
"I will be the judge of when you are dying, and when that happens, I guarantee you a kiss worth waiting for."
Cress's love interest? I think we could have all have guessed who it was from the beginning, our very own Flynn Rider, Captain Carswell Thorne. I know, Flynn Rider is not on the original fairytale, actually the original fairytale is all sorts of horrible, but you know what I mean. Classic Rapunzel definitely doesn't have anything close to having a swoon worthy criminal as a love interest. Seriously, I've been seeing Thorne as Flynn since we met him last book. I'm glad this isn't a whole INTRODUCE BOTH CHARACTERS like Scarlet and Wolf, because we already got to know (and LOVE) Thorne in the last book.
"'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.'"
The plot? As to be expected it is fast moving and a whole crap ton of fun. Our rebel group gets split up from each other (that's not a spoiler, it's in the synopsis!) and they have to remember how to deal on their own// with the allies that end up with them. It's also really nice to see the little hints toward the little references to the original tale of Rapunzel.
"Her sadness wasn't enough. Her mourning wasn't enough. But it was all she had."
I would give Cress 8.5/10. It was a spectacularly written and planned book. I really just, I loved it. I highly recommend that you all read it, especially if you've already read Cinder and Scarlet, like WHY WOULDN'T YOU IMMEDIATELY PICK THIS ONE UP?!
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.
OKAY THE AMOUNT OF TIMES KAI WAS LIKE OH MAYBE CINDER IS LOOKING FOR SELENE AND THEN OH WHY DOES LEVANA WANT CINDER SO BADLY I WAS JUST LIKE... BOYYY HOW DO YOU NOT SEE THAT CINDER IS FREAKING SELENA? HOW? ARE YOU BLIND? WHAT???
I knew Cress was Dr. Erland's daughter ever since book 1 when he mentioned his daughter, and since then I have been waiting for a daddy daughter reunion... Unfortunately, that's not exactly what came to pass and I found it really depressing that he never really got to know his daughter, and the other way around...
Wolf? Freaking annoying in this book, like yeah, I get it your true love, the girl you've known for once week was captured, now your life is over. But... You know, couldn't you like... BE USEFUL TO HELP GET HER BACK? He just basically turns into a limp rag in this book and god, it was so irritating.
I did really love the scene of Kai and Cinder FINALLY FREAKING REUNITED ON THE SHIP. Like they finally actually get a good chance to talk and I LOVED IT. I'd been waiting so long for it.
And finally... That glimpse we saw of Winter kind of really freaked me out. Like she sounds like an insane eight-year-old... How are we going to get though a whole half a book of her narration of her being insane? Like... Hm. That makes me nervous. Though, I did find that I really liked Jacin. He's loyal and I can totally tell that I am going to 100% be on the Jacin x Winter ship next book. Even though, yeah, Jacin betrayed Cinder's group, it was only so he could get back to Winter...
Anyway, thanks for reading!