“It starts with kidnapping the groom.”Cinder, Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! Today is the long awaited (not really it’s been like two weeks) review of Cress the third book in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I have done reviews previously on Cinder and Scarlet if you are interested in checking those out as well. If you have not yet read the first two books in this series please read cautiously. There could be some spoilers for those two books in here. I will try to keep the spoilers about this book, and the two previous to a minimum.
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 higher 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.
Cress was by far my least favorite book in this series. (I have read Winter at the time of writing this so I can confidently say this) The book was not bad by any means just was not my favorite new plot line. It may stem from the fact that Cress just isn’t one of my favorite characters. It also could be that my biggest gripe with this book was that by this point we were already starting to border on too many characters to remember. Just from Cinder and Scarlet we had Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Thorne, Levana, and Sybil. As well as all of the characters that were part of their individual stories. With Cress we add in another main character, Cress, as well as a multitude of other characters that we meet throughout the book. It was a lot for me.
Though I liked Cress, as a character she was my least favorite so I just didn’t enjoy reading her entire story. That was probably just a me problem though because I know there were quite a few people that loved Cress. And Cress and Thorne. I just didn’t care for Cress’ back story and I also just didn’t care for how they were forced together. I am all for a good love story, but I was more focused on the love stories from the last two books. With that being said I did really like how Meyer’s was able to add the story lines we see from the first two books into this book. It was a great continuation and really made the idea of all of the characters paths crossing even more realisting. Apart from the overload of characters, which to be fair you are likely to get with you have really any series of books.
This is one of the few times I have gotten mid series of a book and have not felt like the book could have been completely skipped. You really do have to read this book to understand the last book. I know a big gripe with some of these books is that the endings are so abrupt, but they are meant to be that way. You are meant to have to read the following books to get resolution. Not many series that I have read have done that as well as this series has.
With all of those thoughts out on paper let’s talk about my rating for this book. I actually rated it a 5 star on Goodreads immediately after reading it. I think I was very stuck on what happened at the end of the book at that time and didn’t really think about the book as a whole. As a whole the book is good. It was not overwhelmingly fantastic like the rest of the books have been for me though. If I did not reread series the way I do I would probably not even reread this books. Which is why I am giving it 4 starts. If you have not yet read the series or you are trying to decide if you should read this book or skip it, read it. Though I did not care for the plot in this book you do get a little bit of movement on plots from the first two books and you will need to know what happened in this book to understand what happens in Winter. If you have not read the first two books though you HAVE to read those before you read this. If you do not you will be confused and it will make you hate the book.
Now for those of you that are dying to know my opinions on specific things that happen in the book keep reading. I have included spoilers about some of my favorite scenes and relationships in this book. If you do not want spoilers do not read any further!
Now on to some spoilers for the book and the series! I know I don’t include these often but I just have so many thoughts.
First and foremost I love that Iko FINALLY gets a new body! What I love even more is that it is an escort body and she actually looks like a human. I had become so accustomed to her being a ship or being in what I assumed was a metal body that this just made me happy for her.
I was also very shocked that the kidnapping actually worked out well in the end. Usually Cinder’s plans don’t go to plan and it causes chaos. Not that I am saying it went to plan, but they were able to kill Sybil so I think that was a decent consolation prize.
Jacin is one of my more hated characters in this book. I know he just wanted to get back to Princess Winter, but the asshole sold them out!
I also am very up and down about the whole Thorne/Cress relationship. I find it a bit odd how obsessed she is with Thorne. I know she she been on the satellite for years by herself and she felt close to him but it was just odd. Oh also, how old is Cress? For that matter how old are any of the main characters in these books. That is something that really isn’t addressed and if it was I totally missed it. In my mind they are all like 18-20 but I think they are actually like 16-18 years old. Im at a loss for that one. I don’t have too much of a gripe with age, I just realized I really don’t know how old any of them are.
And finally let’s talk about Kai and Cinder. My favorite couple of the series, probably just because out of all of the fairytales that these have been based off of to this point Cinderella is my favorite. Kai honestly took finding out that Cinder was Princess Selene pretty well. He also took finding out that Cinder had a retinal display in her eyes even better than I expected. I guess that shows just how much loving someone can change how you feel about certain subjects. Like Cyborgs.
That is all I have for this book. Check back next Monday for my review on the final book in the series Winter where I talk about my feelings about the series as a whole, as well as what is next for me in terms of The Lunar Chronicles. See you then!
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