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Cress Hardcover – February 4, 2014

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Gr 8 Up—Cress is locked away in a floating satellite. She dreams of visiting Earth, the planet she has been forced to spy on, and meeting Carswell Thorne, the handsome ship captain who teamed up with Cinder in Scarlet (Feiwel & Friends, 2013). Her wish comes true after an attempted rescue from Cinder and her crew is intercepted, leaving Cress and Thorne stranded on Earth. At the same time, Scarlet is kidnapped, and Queen Levana, frustrated with Cinder's escape, begins to attack Earth. Cinder has her hands full with finding her missing comrades, dealing with an out-of-control Wolf, preventing Levana and Kai's marriage, and accepting her own royal heritage. At the end of the book, Cinder realizes that she can no longer hide from her destiny and begins preparations to head to Luna for a revolution. Cress fills in more historical details about Earth and Luna's relationship—most of which will be of no surprise to the reader—and Cinder's rebirth as a cyborg. Fans of Scarlet and Wolf may be disappointed that their relationship takes a backseat to the newly introduced pairing. As always, Meyer excels at interweaving new characters that extend beyond the archetypes of their fairy tale into the main story. Readers will eagerly await the final installment of this highly appealing and well-constructed series.—Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ

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As the Lunar Chronicles continue, we meet Cress, with Rapunzel-like hair, who is trapped in an orbiting satellite. For seven long years, she has provided intelligence and security for the Lunar Queen, Lavana. Her latest assignment is to search for Cinder, the escaped cyborg mechanic who crashed Emperor Kai’s ball and won his heart in spite of his announced betrothal to Lavana. Emperor Kai hopes his ultimate sacrifice—the marriage—will ensure peace between Earth and Luna. In this third book in Meyer’s fractured fairy tale series, Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, and Cress team up to stop the emperor’s wedding, preventing Lavana from becoming Earth’s queen and thus destroying it. Once again, Meyer offers up a science fiction fantasy page-turner that salutes women’s intelligence and empowerment, with a subtle warning of the perils of misusing that power. Old and new romances, unfinished story lines, and the prognostication of wartime horrors all pave the way for Meyer’s much anticipated next installment, Winter, expected in 2015. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The previous titles in the Lunar Chronicles series were both New York Times best-sellers; with a major marketing campaign pushing Cress, expect similar results here. Grades 7-10. --Frances Bradburn

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Series: Lunar Chronicles (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1St Edition edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312642970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312642976
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marissa Meyer is a fangirl at heart, with a closet full of costumes, a Harry Potter wand on her desk, and a Tuxedo Mask doll hanging from her rear view mirror. Han and Leia are still her OTP. She may or may not be a cyborg.

Marissa writes books for teens, including the NYT bestselling series: The Lunar Chronicles.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By TSherm on February 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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I love fairy tales. I also love SciFi. Marissa Meyer does such an excellent job in putting these two together! It is amazing to me as well that in this third book of her Lunar Chronicles series that she also handles multiple points of view and story-lines so seamlessly without losing my interest or confusing me. This is storytelling at its best!

I don't know how she comes up with the back-stories for her characters that build these amazing plots, nor how she creatively takes a beloved fairy tale (Rapunzel) and creates this amazing story. I just know that she does it well. I was immediately drawn in to Cress's world, her joys, and her fears from the first page. None of the characters in this series are perfect, and Cress is no different. I would say, however, that all the characters are perfectly flawed and I wouldn't change a thing about them. They are all consistent and I felt they react as they should if they weren't just in a storybook world. I loved Cress! She is amazing! She isn't my favorite character. I think Cinder, Scarlet, and Thorne are all vying for that place, but I still love all of these characters. I can't say that I love the villains, which are Queen Lavana and Sybil, but they are very true to who they are and what they do.

I just have to note here that I am very happy with Thorne's place in the whole plot. I felt he was meant specifically for someone and now I know that he is and I am very happy about it. :) Prince Kai redeems himself to me in this book. I loved him in Cinder, not so much in Scarlet, and I am falling back in love with him in Cress. We also meet another leading man and a new leading lady that I'm sure will be much more present in the fourth book. I'm really looking forward to it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brenna on February 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
There aren't very many YA book series I recommend to everyone - but The Lunar Chronicles is one of them, and Cress convinced me of that!

Cress is a great addition to Marissa Meyer's series, and fits in nicely with the first two books. On top of that, Cress stands out as its own book with its own story and characters - with this third book, you can readily see how different the characters are and how each book has a different "feel" to it!

Reasons to Read:

1. Complex, detailed plot development:

You see hints of this in Cinder and Scarlet, but by the time we get to Cress it's becoming clearer how much detail and thought Marissa has put in to this story. There are all sorts of secrets and twists that begin to make a lot of sense!

2. Cress' character stands out on her own:

One of my favourite things about The Lunar Chronicles is how each female protagonist (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress so far) is so unique from the others. And Cress is so naive and anxious, yet such a dreamer! I kept telling my younger sister that she HAS to read this book because Cress reminds me so much of her - and I think Cress is going to resonate with many readers (particularly some younger ones is my guess) or for all of us with our awkward moments.

3. Fantastic balancing of a large cast of characters:

At this point, there are a lot of characters bouncing around in Cress and it would be very easy for them to become muddled and confused but amazingly, they aren't. The story is set up with each character in a very specific position with their own unique purpose. To me, this is the best way to appreciate so many different characters at once.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf on February 4, 2014
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Cress, the third in Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles, more than delivers. This installment starts off quickly and the pace maintains a rapid speed straight through until the end.... leaving the reader breathless and wanting more. Marissa Meyer's writing style is concise and us just enough descriptives without bogging us down...and thus keeping the reader engaged and unwilling to put this one down.

Not only do we get to know Cinder, Kai, Wolf and Scarlet better but we are introduced to Crescent Moon and really get to know "Captain" Thorne in this book. Cress is simply an adorable character...very innocent, very naive and also incredibly brilliant. To top it off she is a true romantic at heart:) A great combination. And then there is Thorne *sigh*. I'll admit that he grated on me a bit at first...but then little by little his true colors came out and I was quite captivated and charmed in spite of myself.

The plot moves much further along in Cress and we even get a little bit of a tease for The Lunar Chronicles Book 4 -Winter at the end. I can't wait to see how this tale plays out, can't wait to get to know Winter and can't wait to see more of Scarlet and Wolf (my personal favorites). If you've enjoyed this series thus far, I guarantee that Cress delivers. You won't regret picking it up.

NOTE: Review copy rcvd from publisher . All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jaylia TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 25, 2014
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This futuristic sci-fi fairy tale series continues to be inventive, suspenseful, and fun. In this third of four books we spend more time with Cress, a shy, romantic, computer hacker Rapunzel who has been trapped in an orbiting satellite instead of a tower. She now joins Cinder, a mechanically gifted cyborg Cinderella determined to rescue the prince, and Scarlet, a hoodie wearing space pilot Red Riding Hood who’s partnered with the genetically modified lunar soldier Wolf, as the cohorts struggle against the odds in their quest to overthrow the evil queen of the Moon, now threatening to wrest control of Earth. We’re also given an intriguing glimpse of Winter, the Snow White stepdaughter of the lunar queen, who will have her turn to shine in book four. With a growing group of great characters, cleverly integrated sci-fi elements, and plots that sweep readers along in the action, The Lunar Chronicles remains one of my favorite series.
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