Cress by Marissa Meyer
The Skinny: 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. - From Goodreads
BFF?: Cinder and Scarlet are both, in my opinion, awesome in their own ways. But Cress has, hands down, become my favorite heroine in this series. She’s so different from the other two but in a totally refreshing way. Having been locked up in a satellite for seven years she’s a little… socially awkward. But despite that, she’s got a ton of good things going for her – she’s super smart, savvy, quick-thinking, and by the end of the book pretty darn brave. I loved watching her evolve into this amazing young woman who held her own among a ship full of bad-ass heroes.
Readability: Marissa Meyer’s writing is top-notch, full of action and adventure, quirky and witty and quite honestly fun. I have adored this series and would read a retelling of every fairy tale Marissa decides to write. She’s free to continue after Winter with Beauty and the Beast, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Sleeping Beauty, etc., etc., etc.
Crush Level: 7
We first got to meet Thorne in Scarlet and even then… I knew he’d be something special. My only complaint about him is that there simply was not enough of him in Cress! I loved how sassy and sneaky he could be, how he was always there with a charm filled joke or quip while he’s opening his arms to comfort when needed. As a huge fan of Rapunzel, the prince was always just mediocre to me – not the most memorable fellow. I’m very glad that Thorne managed to make him into something pretty awesome and dreamy.
Rapunzel and Flynn Cress and Thorne
While I’m PREEEEETY sure Marissa Meyer wrote (or started writing) Cress before Tangled came out a few years ago, I adored the fact that both Thorne and Cress had similar personalities to two of my newest favorite Disney characters Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. They were so cute in the movie and Cress and Thorne were just as, if not more, cute!
Finding Fairy Tale similarities
One thing I’ve totally loved about this series is finding fairy tale elements hidden within the pages – Cinder’s orange car, Scarlet’s red hoodie. Finding little elements in Cress was just as fun, especially since it had some elements that aren’t super widely known.
Okay, Winter is totally cray-cray, but I have a feeling I’m going to love her. I think what I liked best about meeting her was her physical description – she’s not our normal pale skinned, dark hair princess we’re used to!
Commencement Speech: I have yet to find a series so well-written and imagined as the Lunar Chronicles. I was crazy hesitant to read Cinder, thinking a cyborg Cinderella would NOT be for me, but I’m more than happy that I pushed my fears aside and took on this series. I have yet to be disappointed by it and have only been left wanting more.
There’s not a whole lot I can say about Cress that hasn’t been said, so I’ll just say this: if you haven’t started this series, start it. If you haven’t read Cress, make it your next read. It’s a brilliant continuation of this series and brings about an entirely different personality to the series.
Yearbook Quote: None! ARC!
Superlatives – Most likely to make you want to let down your hair
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