Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Release Date: February 2014
In this third book in Marissa Meyer's bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
First of all, shout out to Andrea for loaning me her ARC of this third and upcoming (February 4, 2014) book in The Lunar Chronicles series. (Oh look! Another post that got stuck in queue- Sorry Alison 🙁 )
As far as characterization goes, I would say that Cress is farther from her fairy tale character, Rapunzel, than either Cinder or Scarlet were. Cress, or Crescent Moon as she was originally named, is imprisoned in a satellite tower as opposed to an actual tower and has extremely long hair from being trapped alone for so many years. All she needs is to be rescued by a prince, right?
When Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf and Captain Thorne find their way to the satellite, it might seem like everything will end with a perfect fairytale pairing – Cinder and Prince Kai; Scarlet and Wolf; and Captain Thorne and Cress. But with Queen Levana and her lackeys waiting to foil the groups’ plans, anything is possible. The group gets split up and is forced to find their way through space, desert towns, and imprisonment in order to reach their ultimate goal of stopping Queen Levana and Prince Kai’s royal wedding.
As a fan of this series, I can’t wait to see where it goes. I love that the focus is still on Cinder as she is my personal favorite. However, it takes multiple characters to make up a book, and this is a great cast of characters that will continue to expand and work together. We even get a sneak peek at the fourth character – Winter as Snow White (The Lunar Chronicles, #4 – expected out in 2015) towards the end of Cress.
If you’re really anxious to read this book a few weeks before it comes out, Amazon and Nook are both offering the first five chapters of Cress for free download to your device right now!