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Cress (Lunar Chronicles) (edition 2014)

by Marissa Meyer

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Title:Cress (Lunar Chronicles)
Authors:Marissa Meyer
Info:Feiwel & Friends (2014), Hardcover, 560 pages
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Picking up where Scarlet left off, we return to Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, Wolf, and Iko all attempting to culminate a plan to stop Queen Levana before she marries Emperor Kai. Cress, imprisoned by Queen Levana on a satellite orbiting Earth, is an expert hacker and when she’s given orders to track down Cinder she does it with ease. Instead of turning this information over, she decides to help the group anyway she can. After a botched rescue attempt lands Cress and Thorne in the African desert and the rest of the group scattered, everyone has to survive long enough to find each other once again. The clock is quickly ticking down to the wedding that will give Queen Levana control of the universe unless Cinder can successfully stop her.

Scarlet shared page-time between Cinder and Scarlet’s storylines but with Cress we have even more storylines to follow not only with the addition of Cress as a character but because the group has been scattered. I really, really loved Cress’ storyline and how much it delved into her backstory and everything about her family and how she got to where she is was wonderfully done. There were some rather slow moments when Cress and Throne were plodding through the African desert that were a bit hard to get through but it helped us learn more about Cress and even a little it more about Thorne that really helped you to appreciate their characters even more. Scarlet wasn’t present as much as I would have liked but Meyer pushed her to the limit putting her on a nail-biting path that I believe will lead to her having a major role in the final installment, Winter.

This series continues to impress. I love the intricacies of the political system and the details of the ongoing strife, the evolution of the plague that lurks dangerously in the background and the fact that while these manage to be authentic and impressive you can still identify the well-known fairy tales these are built around. This penultimate installment will leave you waiting with bated breath for Winter, Meyer’s twist on the story of Snow White, the conclusion to this thrilling series. ( )
  bonniemarjorie | Apr 6, 2015 |
In the continuing and intriguing adaptation of familiar fairy tales (into a future era) we are introduced to "Rapunzel" aka Crescent Moon. It took me quite a bit longer to read this installment than the first two did. With so many characters and their own plot lines, it was harder to keep focus. I am looking forward to how this will be wrapped up, especially now that things are getting serious. The emperor has been kidnapped and the Lunar queen is retaliating. Really looking forward to Winter. ( )
  macjest | Mar 28, 2015 |
So when is the next book in this series coming out? Because after finishing Cress, I really can't wait! In addition to loving this series in general, I really loved this particular volume, in part because of the ending, which I won't ruin for anyone who has yet to read it. I was glad to see Thorne being further developed as a character, I appreciated the addition of Cress to the little band of renegades out to defeat Queen Levana, and I am intrigued by the character of Winter. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Mar 22, 2015 |
In the third book of the Lunar Chronicles, Cress - whom you may remember as the hacker on the satellite who contacts Cinder - makes a dash for freedom from the Lunar Thamauturge, Sybil, who has been keeping her imprisoned for years. If you thought this might sound just a tad like Rapunzel, well yes, it's supposed to. But it's also a story in its own right as Cress, who is a "shell" or a Lunar who does not have the ability to control other beings, throws in her lot with rebels Cinder aka Princess Selene the true heir to the Lunar throne, rogue Captain Carswell Thorne, Scarlet Benoit, and Wolf. Can they stop the wedding between Emperor Kai and Queen Levana before it's too late?

If you read any kind of fantasy/fairy tale retellings/futuristic young adult stories, you simply must try the first book in this series, Cinder. Basically, none of the later developments of the story will make sense otherwise, and oh is it so much fun watching how this series unfolds. Each story uses a well-known fairy tale as a starting off point, sometimes following closely, other times making references to it, and every now and then throwing in a completely unexpected turn. I really loved Scarlet, and Cress follows close behind. I'm really looking forward to seeing how everything comes together in Winter. ( )
  bell7 | Feb 28, 2015 |
So, I read Cress when it was published and wasn't impressed – I quickly gave up, probably due to book series exhaustion. Given the opportunity to review Fairest, a kind of interlude between books three and four of The Lunar Chronicles, I came back and re-read Cress, and I’m so glad I did. My second reading entranced me, and I began to realize what a master Meyer is at entwining all of the characters without losing plot-lines or world-building.

Cress is ensconced, against her will, in a satellite around Earth doing the bidding of Sybil, a power play in Queen Levana’s entourage. She spends her seven lonely years essentially spying on Earth and all her wonders, including the royal family and Kai. Like the fairy tale, Cress has floor-length tresses and a sonorous singing voice. As she sits at her screens and watches videos of the goings-on down below her, Cress begins to sympathize with the plight of Earthens; when presented with the opportunity to defect to their side, she takes it without hesitation.

What follows is a fast-paced, well-written, and sometimes romantic journey through the Earth’s atmosphere, the Sahara, Europe, and back to the Moon. Meyer is a master at committing to her details without losing the effect of the storytelling. Scarlet is my least favorite character, probably because she is the only one of whom I cannot form a clear picture, and thankfully she was not featured that much in this particular book. The ending of this novel leaves me wanting more, more, more Meyer. And, if you haven’t read Fairest yet, you must! ( )
  amandacb | Feb 27, 2015 |
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When she was just a child, the witch locked her away in a tower that had neither doors or stairs.
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For Jojo, Meghan, and Tamara
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Her satellite made one full orbit around planet Earth every sixteen hours.
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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.… (more)

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