Title: Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 4th 2014
Source: bought at CHB
Goodreads Summary: 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.
I just, well, didn't think her books could get awesome (yes I said awesomer) BUT EACH BOOK JUST GETS MORE FANTASTIC. Unlike any series I've read, the way all the POVs rotate with such a diverse cast that none of them are boring? Really, there isn't a dull page. That's why I zipped through this book in almost one sitting. (Scarlet did have a slower start for me, but Cress just jumped right into interesting.)
I don't feel like making this a coherent analysis review, mostly I feel like *squeeee* and then all the sudden I remember I have to wait a freaking YEAR for the story to end….and then I become sad for a moment…
THEN I remember that last awesome scene in Cress and I smile all over again.
Cress is an excellent Rapunzel-computer-hacker-person. Very impressed (and initially surprised) because Cinder and Scarlet are both pretty literally tough characters, Cress is so sweet and small and has romance adventures in her head. Of course she still manages to be bad-ass in the correct way: via good writing and with a strong personality (like Kaylee! :)). And I would never have guessed Thorne would become a romantic interest, but there is a new light (ha.ha.) to his character throughout Cress, and I like him significantly more in here than Scarlet. He grows to be more than just comic relief. And yes, I completely 'ship Cress and Thorne. It fits so perfectly.
One chapter was particularly stressful to read, and after it was done, I realized I hadn't blinked for like five whole minutes while reading. And my whole body was tense from the stress. Gripping indeed!! You'll probably know which chapter, it was in Cress's POV in the middle. Much confusion. One I will for sure be rereading.
So in the last 50 pages we get a small chapter-and-a-half glimpse of Winter, our next Snow White heroine. And I can tell the last book is going to be…well I actually can't tell what the last book is going to be like, because Winter is sort of mental. And I mean that kindly. What her mind will be like, I have no idea, and that's exciting and frustrating (see above for release-date-induced-sadness) but I'm sure it'll be awesome.
Queen Levana is so evil, I just feel the need to punch something. I can't wait till someone kills that bitch.