Cress by Marissa Meyer (website | twitter)
Other Books Written by This Author: Cinder (Book #1) | Scarlet (Book #2)
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Target Audience: Young Adult
Keywords: dystopia, fairy tale retelling, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel
Format Read: ARC borrowed from Sasha (Thank you!)
Summary: In the third book of the Lunar Chronicles series, we’re introduced to Cress, a young girl trapped in a satellite somewhere between Earth and Luna. She finds herself obsessed with the whereabouts of Cinder, whom the whole world is searching for, and conflicted over whether to report their location or join Cinder’s team to finally escape her solidarity.
[I’ve tried to be completely spoiler-free, but since this is the third book in the series,
proceed with caution JUST IN CASE.]
What? What’s that? I read another book in a series? Heck yeah! If you’ve been following along with my reviews of Marissa’s Lunar Chronicle Series, you’re well aware that I love, love, love the genius and brilliance that is this series.
Cress continued to further prove how incredible Marissa’s writing is — how she’s been able to weave together all of these fairy tales into one intricate story just …blows my mind. To briefly recap, in Cinder the story begins with a Cinderella retelling with Linh Cinder, a girl with engineered body parts that label her has a cyborg. Her story intermingles with Little Red Riding Hood’s (Scarlet) in the next book, Scarlet. And in Cress, we meet Marissa’s version of Rapunzel, Cress. Would you ever guess that these ladies would be together in one book? Me neither. But lemme tell ya: it just works. Perfectly.
As the cast continues to grow larger, so does the world and our knowledge of what’s going on and how order will be restored, hopefully. Cress becomes such an essential player; she’s this brilliant, young girl who has been rotating in between Luna and Earth in a satellite. Yes, stranded and alone. She’s a very curious girl who becomes incredibly obsessed with Cinder and her whereabouts, especially as she and her team’s location is unknown and everyone is on the lookout for them. Only Cress has the skills necessary to find them. But she’s torn between sharing the information and reaching out to Cinder. What’s a girl to do when she’s trapped between the Earth and the Moon?
Cress moves rapidly — there’s no lull in the action. There’s constantly something you’re anticipating happening, but you’re not quite sure when things are going to fall apart. I was most surprised by how well all the characters are pieced together; I know I probably sound like a broken record, but thank goodness for Sasha because she helped me keep everyone in line. I really began to second guess myself a few times because I thought, “There’s just no way Meyer could have worked things out so intricately,” but alas, SHE DID.
Cress is filled with so many meaty details that keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time: What’s happening with Prince Kai? Will Cinder reveal the truth about herself? What detestable things does Queen Levana have in store? Who should you trust? What’s Cress’s motive?
There’s so much I want to say about Cress, as if you and I were having a heart-to-heart after we’ve both read the book, but I can’t ruin any surprises. I do hope that after you’ve finished reading, you’re as impressed with where the story has gone and as anxious to see how everything ends in the final book, Winter, as I am.