Cress [The Lunar Chronicles, #3] by Marissa Meyer

Cress [The Lunar Chronicles, #3] by Marissa Meyer
Feiwell & Friends | Hardcover, 550 pages
February 4th, 2014
Young Adult
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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.

Once again, Marissa Meyer continues to awe. Cress was the perfect blend of action, romance and a futuristic fairy tale only Meyer could pull off – and in a near flawless fashion at that!

Quick Story:

Cinder, Capt. Thorne, Wolf and Scarlet continue to evade Emperor Kai’s army and Queen Levana’s clutches. With the help of Cress, an exile that has spent her last seven years living in solitary confinement, they’re virtually hidden in plain sight. But when an attempt to rescue Cress goes awry, the group suffers an unfortunate setback.

As the impending wedding of Emperor Kai and Queen Levana looms in the horizon, Cinder had no choice but to seek out the man responsible for her escape in prison. Meanwhile, she will have to use her Lunar powers if they have any hopes of defeating the evil Queen.

My  Thoughts:

Nothing short of brilliant! If you haven’t been on the Lunar train, then you’re missing a fantastic ride. Meyer delivers another perfect installment to what’s quickly becoming a perrenial favorite. Though the wait for each release is painstakingly tortorous, the reward is an absolute bliss. The hazard of loving these books as much as I have been is that I am running the risk of repeating myself. There really is no helping it, though.

In here, we find a new character in Cress, a lonely soul trapped in a satellite whose main purpose of existence is to spy on the Commonwealth. Her fascination with the Earthens, however, had led her to protect Cinder and her crew. It doesn’t help that she’s got some mad love for a dashing Captain in the person of Thorne. Their story did not go too far, so I’m looking forward to the next succeeding books.

This book made  me want to relive Scarlet and Wolf’s story. They had very limited interactions here made even less by the events that happened after Cress’ failed rescue. Wolf’s anguish was very palpable and that’s all I’m going to say about that. You’ll have to read the book to know why.

I have a feeling that I’m probably going to like any pairings that Meyer will offer up, and that’s already obvious in the next book, Winter. I already like the crazy princess and I can’t wait to read more about Jacin Clay.

I’ve become more aware of the magnitude of Levana’s (and the Lunars’ for that matter) powers in this book. The Earthens are simply no match for their mind manipulation. How in the world could Cinder lead a revolt against her will be an insurmountable mountain to climb. One that I look forward to reading in the future, I might add.

Emperor Kai and Cinder finally reunited! Even more awesome? It involved a tranquilizer. Oh how sweet it is!

If the 5-star rating isn’t enough to persuade you, then I don’t know what else I can say. Fantasic, brilliant, wonderful – words that all seem redundant considering I gave it a 5.