Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Cress 
Author: Marissa Meyer 
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling, YA 
Publication date: February 4, 2014 
Rating: ★★★★ 

: In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, 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 her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned 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 just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. 
Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given and what we do with them.

Cress had no troubles living up to my expectations. I don’t agree with people saying it was better than Scarlet, but it was definitely just as good. This series has some issues, predictability the main one, but it’s still a lot of fun.

What I really liked about this book is that for a huge part of it, the characters are working as a team. They weren’t all as reunited as I would have liked, but I loved the way they acted around each other. Cinder started training with wolf, Thorne was his ever delightful self, Iko was more human than ever and Scarlet remained simply amazing. Adding Kai to that equation would make it even better, but he has his royal responsibilities of course. I love team work. Especially when the team consists of so many awesome characters.

“Have you given any thought to your wedding vows?” Kai snorted.
“Delete anything that has to do with love, respect, or joy, and I’ll sign on the dotted line.”

And of course there’s a new member of the team. Cress. Crescent, actually, but no one ever calls her that. I like her, but let’s say I’m not as unconditionally fond of her as I am of Scarlet and Cinder. Cress is a hacker and I absolutely loved that about her. But it should have made her a really mature character and… I didn’t think she was. Well, sometimes she was. It was pretty inconsistent. She grew up on a satellite, separated from any form of contact with others. It made her really lonely and a bit odd, but apparently also a bit immature. Sometimes it bothered me, sometimes I thought it was cute.

“Captain,” she murmured. “I think I’m in love with you.”
An eyebrow shot up. She counted six beats of his heart before, suddenly, he laughed.
“Don’t tell me it took you two whole days to realize that. I must be losing my touch.”

What’s especially great about this series is that all the character have their own distinct personalities. They work very well together, but they’re individually very different. That’s not an easy thing to achieve. And I really admire Marissa Meyer for it. So yes, maybe Cress wasn’t my absolute fave – but she was still pretty awesome.

Everyone is trying to impress everyone else. Trying to make themselves out to be smarter or more confident than they actually are.

As with Cinder and Scarlet, this book is fast paced and full of action. There happens a lot in a really short time. It’s a good plot, though not a brilliant one. I suppose there’s too much ‘coincidence’ to my liking. This is probably a personal preference, but I don’t think everything and everyone have to be connected. I realize this might sound a bit vague, but I can’t say more without spoiling. You’ll get it when you read it.

The novel starts out with a big rescue plan. They want to save Cress from her satellite but everything goes terribly wrong and people get separated. Into unlikely teams, I might add. Scarlet ends up on her own, Thorne and Cress find themselves in the desert and Cinder gets the help she needs from Iko and a devastated Wolf. She starts to doubt herself and the mission she has taken on. It never seemed easy, but the pressure is starting to wear her out. There’s conflict in her and her companions and the silver lining isn’t anywhere in sight.

The book’s ending is a huge build-up towards Winter. Lots of things are happening and when you turn the final page the only thing you can manage to say is: ARE YOU F- KIDDING ME? WHERE’S THE NEXT PART? So, yeah - shit just got real.

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