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Cress Paperback – January 27, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—In this third series installment (after Cinder and Scarlet), Scarlet and Wolf join Captain Thorne in Cinder's small group of allies determined to fight against Queen Levana. Earth is still reeling from the lunar queen's devastating attacks. Emperor Kai plans to wed Levana in an attempt to avoid war and gain access to an antidote for the deadly plague that has ravaged Earth for the last decade. Cinder enlists the help of Cress, the programmer/hacker who has been kept in a satellite for years to spy on Earth leaders for Levana, but who has also secretly been working against her. The attempt to rescue Cress ends with the group scattered and in peril, with precious little time before the royal wedding that would cement Queen Levana's hold on Earth. Rebecca Soler returns with another skilled performance, navigating multiple story lines in the fast-paced adventure while expertly distinguishing between characters with changes in pitch and accent. For Cress, the teen who has spent the majority of her life in seclusion, Soler injects a naïve quality, effectively conveying her awe at new sights and experiences once she is out of her satellite. Her confidence grows throughout the narrative, and that is also reflected in her voice. Cinder continues to be the most compelling of the characters, and listeners will anxiously await the conclusion of this engaging series.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Cress is book three of the Young Adult dystopian fairytale retelling series, The Lunar Chronicles. Each book builds on the one that came before it so they must be read in order.
So, I waited a long time after reading Scarlet to pick this one up. I was jazzed to read it, but just never took the time to keep going. Finally I did and had to dust out the memory cobwebs so I could get back in step with the series. I don't think I'll be waiting quite so long between installments again.
Cress is a loose retelling of Rapunzel. There are at least a handful of correlations that fairytale lovers will adore seeing, though, the author writes a very original story here. The overall story was engaging for me, but I confess to being more interested in some plot threads more than others.
And there are definitely several threads. There is a narrator change with nearly every chapter with about a half dozen narrators. All the major players from Cress and past books get some narration time. I didn't mind, but it did keep me on my toes as I darted from Luna to Kai's palace to the Sahara and back.
Cress is the newest heroine to be introduced. She's not bold and struggles to adjust to life outside her 'tower' where she was kept isolated. I enjoyed the change up from the alpha heroines to this gentle beta who still manages to get the job done.
Her hero, Thorne, is something of a swashbuckling pirate type. I liked him and he's fun, but I didn't feel like I got a good handle on what makes him tick. Their relationship takes a backseat to all that is going on. In fact, I'd say its still in the tentative beginning moments even when the book closes.
My favorite couple, Wolf and Scarlet are separated for much of the story just like Kai and Cinder. Desperate times and a ruthless queen make this inevitable.
Cinder knows who she is now and knows what this means. She is burdened with a feeling of responsibility and flails because she feels inadequate for the task. She now has a pretty good idea how Kai feels as the young new emperor. She also has some darker thoughts and fights using her unlocked Lunar ability for the wrong reasons and turning into Levana.
The plot was strong and kept driving toward the big moment which was a series of high-paced and tension-wrought action sequences. Loved it. Oh, and then we have a few new players added to the mix that promise for some great reading in the final book, Winter.
Things wrap up on the conflict focus in this book, but there is a clear pointing toward what is to come. Anticipation is high and I can't wait to see how this small band will go up against Levana's might.
I can most definitely recommend this series to those who enjoy a blend of sci-fi, dystopian, fairytale retelling, suspense, and romance.
How can anyone not fall in love with Captain Carswell Thorne? I’m not one for romance in stories because I often feel it detracts from the overall plot, but the connection between Carswell and Cress made this a page-turner for me. Thorne reminds me so much of Han Solo with his banter and dashing heroism; and who doesn't love Han Solo?
The motley crew of characters assembled aboard the Rampion are all compelling. Meyer really takes her time with character development and does not short the story-line by rushing any of the plot twists. That is something to be appreciated in a novel; an author with patience to allow the story to happen is so admirable. I feel connected to every character and I’m rooting for each of their individual stories.
I don’t want to give any spoilers, so I’m keeping this review short. This series only gets better; I can’t wait to read about crazy Princess Winter.
There are so many reviews for this book! I doubt I'll add much that hasn't already been added but I'll definitely go on and say that this book is just plain excellent. It starts right up where the last let off and although there are parts in it that seem a tad bit slow going or maybe needlessly stretched out, when you get into the action it just doesn't stop! It just gets so good, I don't even know how to explain it all. The characters are all there that were there from the previous books, a few new characters may join the cast and you really get to know them so much more! Secrets are shared and tears will be shed (if they can be that is).
Oh, I won't give anything away but you must go read this book if you have read the first two! It's a must!
The contrast in personality between Cress and the other characters is starkly drawn. It really was necessary for me to keep reminding myself of what an isolated life Cress had lived for seven years; alone on the satellite with only periodic visits from Mistress Sybil from Lunar to bring supplies and instructions for computer hacking work Cress was to be assigned. All the other characters in this series are either sure of themselves or at least sure of their mission so having Cress be so shy and socially awkward took a little getting used to. And yet she was made to be a character who had a talent which was essential to the success of any operation the rebels carried out. Even if that operation led to war between the Commonwealth and Lunar.
This series is continuing to be exciting and action filled, with strong characters who are written well and balanced. I'm glad Iko has a new android body so she can be included in all the action these young people become involved in, she's one of my favorite characters. The main characters mostly range in age from approximately 16 to 20 and sweet romance is definitely one of the themes in the novel. Also, the cover art for this series is some of the best I've seen in a long time. It is very distinctive and certainly eye-catching, making these books you will want to keep and display.