Cress by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So …is it too soon for me to beg for the next book?
First – If you haven’t read Cinder or Scarlet, stop reading this and go get them now.
Cress was one of the books that I had on my MUST HAVE list from ALA and thankfully I was one of the lucky ones. Once it was in my bag, it didn’t leave my sight (pretty much) until I got home.
Ok, now with that out of the way I can tell you I loved Cress just as much as I did Scarlet. I’m not going to lie; it is long at 550 pages (at least my hard copy was this long) but it flew by. It is so full of action, wonderful characters, and such an interesting story that I didn’t really notice the length…outside of how heavy the book felt.
In Cress we are back with the main characters from Scarlet. If you recall, they escaped and are in space (Thorne, Cinder, Wolf, and Scarlet) attempting to come up with a plan to stop the wedding between Kai and Queen Levana. While trying to figure out what the next step of their plan is, a (kind of) new character emerges. Cress has been locked away in a satellite for 7 years and you hopefully you remember her brief introduction in Scarlet. If not, it’s ok. You will definitely get more of her background, what she does in her satellite, and her impact to the story in this book.
Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair – or her guard.
So, don’t hate me but instead of getting into the detail of the book because honestly, you don’t want me to give anything away and I don’t want to ruin anything, I am going to just tell you all of the reasons why you should be reading this series…if you aren’t already.
- The story lines – Meyer bases these books on fairy tales (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel) but they have their own spin if you haven’t noticed. I mean cyborgs, intergalactic struggles, hybrids, etc. But really, Meyer weaves these different stories together seamlessly despite them all being very different. She has been able to keep me engaged in each and every one of these books and the even bigger feat – I am constantly guessing what will happen next and usually almost always wrong.
- The characters – it is no secret that if I don’t get the characters or even like them a little, I tend to not really enjoy the story (weird…right??). Meyer writes some great characters , both good and bad – don’t be confused, Thorne is my favorite but the others are (almost) as great in my opinion.
- Kai – A prince who isn’t really ready to run a kingdom but will do what he has to in order to protect his people and those he cares about.
- Cinder – A cyborg that happens to have a secret (of which she initially doesn’t really know anything about). She is smart, loyal, and sarcastic – I love that about her. She starts out shy but as the series progresses; she has grown into her role and responsibility.
- Scarlet – She is tough, smart, and opinionated. In Cress, we get to see a bit more of her personality. I loved seeing her relationship with Wolf change/evolve.
- Wolf – He really had me guessing throughout Scarlet and now with the way things go in Cress, it is clear he really cares about Scarlet. He definitely has a dangerous edge to him but he does care for Cinder and the others…secondary to Scarlet of course.
- Carswell Thorne – He gets all my sighs. You should know that he is the perfect mix of swoony boy and sarcastic friend. He doesn’t take himself too seriously most of the time but when he does, it is usually because things just got really serious. He has some of the best lines and if you follow me on twitter or here on Goodreads, you may have seen me fangirling/crushing on Thorne….again. I own up to it – I love his character and thankfully (for me at least) we get to see so much more of him as the story with Cress progresses.
- Cress – She is fairly new here and I found that I truly like her. She has led a sheltered life and has been thrown into this situation that anyone would have a hard time adjusting to but surprisingly she adapts fairly well. She wants to see the good in people and brings a different perspective to the story.
- Everything else – There is space travel, science, technology, evil queens and hybrid armies…what else do you need?
So there it is…hopefully you don’t hold the fact that this isn’t one of my typical reviews against me since this one doesn’t come out for a while. If you can’t tell, I highly recommend this series and if you have read the first two books, you will definitely want to dive into Cress as soon as you possibly can. Sorry if you were hoping for all the details – I would never do that here but if you really want to know all the secrets, you will have to either hunt down a copy or be patient…it is totally worth it!
Thank you to the publisher for the early copy!
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