I am beyond excited to have an ARC of Cress by Marissa Meyer. An ARC?! ME?!! I’m hugging the book and stroking it and whispering precioussss (just so you know all the creepy details).
Thanks you SO MUCH Penguin Australia. (I love you.)
There’s a giveaway at the end of the post, too, for you fabulous blogglings. Happy Birthday to Cress!!
Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.
In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only 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 goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.
Since this is book #3 of The Lunar Chronicles, I’m going to go into detail about the characters. (And, let’s face it, they’re the best part of a book.)
But before we face-plant inwards, the only thing you need to know about Cress is: IT IS BEYOND BRILLIANT. It is! It’s everything I was hoping for (and more). I just — seriously — oh gosh…CRESS. (If you are a Lunartic, just go read this. Nowish.)
Cinder & Kai?
Finally, we get more Cinder! She was more of a secondary character in Scarlet (understandably since Scarlet is the title of the book and therefore it should be about the snippy red-head not the cyborg). But in Cress, Cinder is back into full swing.
I love she’s changing and maturing as a character (aw, sobs, the little cyborg is all grown up). We get more magical glamouring now. More of Cinder’s fantastic sarcasm aaaaand…
I admit! In Scarlet (book #2) I thought Kai was being a brat. He was going about ruling his country all wrong (because, of course, I would do it so much better…ha ha). Finally he’s forsaking some of his prejudices and acting like the Kai I knew in Cinder. (By the way, it’s very hard to write a review where all the main characters names are the titles. Confusing? Yes.)
I ship Kai and Cinder SO HARD. I just wish they’d hear me screaming at the page. It’s inevitable. Hurry up already and sort out your huge insurmountable differences.
Cress & Thorne
Aw, aren’t these two the most adorable mutant creatures to ever roam the galaxy? Okay, they’re not really mutant. Cress isn’t even “the main character of all chapters”. She’s actually one of a million (I’m exaggerating, there’s like, 5 at most) POVs. But she’s delightfully sweet, a tiny bit romantic, and utterly crazy. Solitude! After a few hundred years, you go a little nuts (except it was 7 years, not 100).
But Thorne? Okay, complaining time again. I. love. Thorne. I do. In Scarlet (book #2), he was intensely funny. He’s full of devilish charm. But in Cress? Eh…he lost some of the devlish charm. And he COPIED. He was Flynn Rider from Tangled meets Captain Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean. Complete with taking lines.
When he deserted the military, he’d left half a dozen cadets and two commanding officers stranded on an island in the Caribbean. Pg. 27, CRESS
“Captain?”“Yeah?”“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.”
If that’s not directly quoting Tangled, I don’t know what is. It kind of disappoints me…and at the same time amuses me. I’m torn.
I also felt there were a lot of discrepancies of detail regarding Thorne and Cress. The spend a fair bit of time together, on a separate journey to the authors (by default). A looot of time in a desert! A desert! Fun, right? It just didn’t feel realistic. And my second grumpiness with Thorne involves a bit of a spoiler (though it won’t for those of you familiar with the Rupunzel tale). So I won’t go into it just now. Tweet me, if you want to talk about it.
You know my favourite part about Marissa Meyer’s books? All the characters are different. There are 3 main female characters: Cress, Cinder, and Scarlet. They’re all so different! And that’s hard to write! Everyone has quirks, styles, thought patterns. That includes all the secondary characters, and, in book #3, there are a lot of secondary characters. But I feel like these three leading girls are individuals. They’re all crazy and strong and intelligent and capable. I love that!
I’ll never doubt Marissa Meyer’s writing. Honestly, if she writes a book: I want it. Her writing is flawless, her description captivating and her characters are — OH MY GOSH. THE FEELS. THE SHIPPING. THE TALENT OF THIS WRITER IS TO BE CELEBRATED.