Monday, March 3, 2014

Book Review: Cress

Title Cress

Series The Lunar Chronicles, book 3

Author Marissa Meyer

Release Date February 4, 2014

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only 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 goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Up until this book, I've greatly enjoyed the series. The writing has been wonderful, the characters well crafted, and the storyline different and intriguing. Cinder (especially) and Scarlet were a true delight to read. While Cress wasn't a bad book by any standards, it didn't live up to my expectations. And I know exactly why.

Cress felt like a transition book to me. A transition book is a book that gets us from one major part of the story to the next. Not a whole lot happens during a transition book, but there's information contained in them that we need to further the story. Commonly, we'll see them as a second book in a trilogy. These books can show up during a series as well. And, of course, sometimes these books are nowhere to be seen. Transition books can be just as well written as the other books in the series, but generally leave the reader wanting more than what they're getting (especially after being treated to such awesomeness in previous books). [Note: The term "transition book" and the "definition" provided were completely made up by me. Don't take what I say too seriously. I'm only trying to express my feelings towards a book.]

All of that being said, Cress was okay. Just okay. The story moved along, but not a whole lot happened. Yes, there's some action at the end of the book, but that doesn't make up for the rest of it. We're introduced to Cress. I like her more than Scarlet, but still less than Cinder. After having such a strong character in Cinder, I feel let down with Scarlet and Cress. I didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous two, but that hasn't dashed my hopes for the series at all. In fact, I believe we'll be treated to a fantastic ending in the upcoming book Winter. 


3 out of 5 stars

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