Saturday, June 7, 2014

Book Review: CRESS (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)
Also see my review of CINDER and SCARLET

Cress by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So many feels with this ending. Such a fantastic read. Marissa Meyers knows how to weave a tale and she's fantastic breathing cyborg life into these fairy tales and giving them a futuristic, sci-fi twist. I loved how each element of Cress's "tower" imprisonment led her to learn skills that gave the group of ladies the skills they needed to pull off that ending. What a great way to bring us to the revolution that will be in WINTER, and what an introduction. Every character shined, and I loved every minute of it. I cannot wait to read the conclusion to this amazing series. This is a huge must read for feels and kisses and falling in love amidst the chaos life brings. Wow. So well done. I will definitely be rereading this series once it's all done. I don't want to miss a single moment.

Marissa Meyer did a fantastic job writing a story that braids three distinct characters into a climax that left my stomach in knots and my fingers fleeting over each page until the very last page. One of the themes I noticed was that each heroine is forced out of her comfort zone and into an unknown place she has to navigate to work out her own goal. Cress is rescued from her tower and faces surprises on Earth. Scarlet ends up on Luna and must fight her way toward freedom. Cinder must face Levana and find a way to stop the wedding to Emperor Kai. In fact, since Levana plans to use her wedding as the first step in her conquest of Earth, the three heroines become entangled in a plan to save the world.

With memorable characters, and twists aplenty, CRESS is incredibly satisfying as a third book, and left me desperately wanting WINTER. Captain Thorne and Iko are two of my absolute favorite characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed where their story arcs took them as characters. I loved where Iko ended up in SCARLET, and in CRESS, she's even more delightful. Captain Thorne continues his jaunt as a pirate-y space captain, tossed onto the beach that is Earth, and mucking up things with shenanigans galore.

I also enjoyed how Cress's knowledge of computer systems and skills as a hacker were featured throughout the story, further illuminating how each heroine's special skills come into play in the plan to save the Earth from Levana.

I highly recommend this book series to anyone who likes a great read, brilliantly conceived characters, and fast-paced storytelling. You won't even notice you're reading a book that's 550 pages. It definitely left me wanting more.

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