May 22, 2014

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 1:14 am by suebe2

Cress
by Marissa Meyer
Feiwel and Friends (MacMillan)

Cress lives in a small, oh-so shabby world, aboard a satellite orbitting Earth.  She isn’t an Earthen, but a Lunar but the threat she feels comes from the moon.  In fact, when she was younger, she used to hide whenever the moon came in sight.  Now that’s she’s grown up, she doesn’t do that anymore.  The task that she’s been assigned, monitoring Earthen communications and hacking their systems to hide Lunar ships, doesn’t take all of her time so she fills her days listening to, and learning Earthen opera, watching net dramas and dreaming.

Her dreams all revolve around her eventual rescue.  Because isn’t that what heros do?  They rescue young maidens and set them free.  And that would satisfy both her dreams — freedom from this wretched satelite and companionship.

When rescue does come, things don’t go entirely as planned.  Her Lunar captor pays a surprise visit and by the time its all over, her would-be rescuer has been blinded and needs help from none other than Cress.  But is she ready to be a hero?

This is the Third Book in the Lunar Chronicles series.  If you haven’t read Cinder or Scarlet yet, it would be a good idea to at least read Cinder.  With three strands, one each for Cinder, Scarlet and Cress, the story is growing increasingly complicated.  Still really good, but complicated.

Cinder is still trying to save the Prince from the Lunar Queen and Scarlet, who was part of the not-entirely-successful rescue party, has been taken captive.  We also get to meet the Lunar Queen’s niece, a young woman who may not be entirely sane.  I suspect she will be the head-line character in the next book.  In keeping with the Fairy Tale theme Cress is Rapunzel.  It is a little less obvious than Cinder ans Cinderella and Scarlett and Red Riding Hood but read the book and it will click.

Fans of earlier books will want to pick this one up and get a look at Luna and Lunar society.  I almost said that they would enjoy getting to read about Lunar society, but in all honesty there isn’t a lot to enjoy.  They’re the kind of people who would imprison a girl for years-on-end in a satilite.

These books are hard to classify.  They have kind of a steampunk feel in that they are that tech oriented and gritty although they are clearly set in the near future and not the Victorian past.  Still , they have that gritty feel of steampunk.

Although there are as many male characters as female, the romance element will most likely appeal more the girls than boys although this is not a girly book.

This is a great choice for summer reading with its fast pace.  Pick it up and get to know these fascinating characters and their world.

–SueBE

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