by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #3
Published by: Macmillan
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
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.
Whenever I review a book from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer I immediately want to go all fangirl. Cress introduces “Rapunzel”, and is perhaps the strongest book in the series to date. Mini review: Intense and emotional with twists and turns that will hold you spellbound.
Cress begins in space, where we meet Cress and get a glimpse of the solitary life she has led in the satellite she calls home. Meanwhile Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf and Captain Throne are making plans to thwart Queen Levana and her grizzly army. A dangerous rescue plans ends in disaster separating our favorite posse and the tale that unfolds was fantastic.
All of our favorite characters are present and we are introduced too new ones. Cress is brilliant, naïve and incredibly brave. One cannot help but adore her. Meyer continues to flesh out her characters; even the secondary characters are well developed allowing the reader to connect. I felt their pain, elation, and fears. Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses. Together they create this team of crusaders that feels genuine. They work incredibly well together and I loved their interactions. We have a little romance, some delightful banter and moments that made me laugh aloud. Meyer’s introduces two new characters. Winter is Luna and gads if I don’t want to more.
One would think with all of the new characters introduced that we would lose a sense of the plot, but Meyer’s outdoes herself time and time again. Cress was flawlessly executed, from the changing points of view to the multiple threads. Things take a more serious tone, and the plot tightens in Cress as Meyer amps up the danger. There are some developments that are darker leaving me to worry about beloved characters. There was an emotional moment that made me cry. From the retellings to the intense plot she left me breathless and begging for more.
Fans of the series will be deeply satisfied with Cress. If you haven’t yet tried the Lunar Chronicles, now is the time! Catch up so you can be on pins and needles like the rest of us waiting for, Winter, the fourth book. From what we have experienced so far we are in for one heck of a ride.
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