Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 4th 2014
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had 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 of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
Marissa Meyer is such a gifted author. Every time I think this series can’t get any better, it does. After reading Cinder, I was hooked. I knew it had the possibility to become one of my favourite series. But Cress just confirmed that The Lunar Chronicles is one of my absolute favourite series. This book was absolutely brilliant, and definitely my favourite of the three books so far.
Characters, characters, characters. Such GREAT characters. I love how this series is extremely character-driven, they all have so much depth and that makes it hard not to fall in love with every single one of them. This book introduces Cress (well, technically she was introduced in Scarlet, but we REALLY get to know her in this instalment) and I love her. She’s a quirky hacker, a tad naïve, and just so freaking adorable. A great addition to the characters we already know (and love so much). While I’ve been gushing about the main characters, I feel the need to point out that it’s not just them, the secondary characters carry just as much depth.
Then: Cress and Thorne. I’ve said it before, but Thorne is just… he’s hilarious. He has a gigantic ego, but also something sweet that adore. It’s all a big part of his charm. I ship them! Though if I’m honest, I ship all the ships there are to ship in this series, hard. Cinder and Kai; I adore them, with all their doubts and struggles. And Scarlet and Wolf; their relationship is one of my favourites, Wolf stole my heart in Scarlet, and this couples hardship in Cress broke my heart a little. I love how these stories are based on fairy tales, and every relationship has this fairy-tale like quality.
The plot will leave you breathless. It is so intriguing. It builds, and builds, and I felt like all I was doing was living towards the next moment I could read so I could just read MORE. I read chapters in the train on my way to classes, and in between classes, and then when I got home today and finished my homework, I finally finished it. And now I need more. And Winter sounds EPIC (the wait… it’s already killing me).
Cress was absolutely fantastic. Even more so, this series is absolutely fantastic. EPIC characters. Intriguing and gripping plot. Beautiful writing. And enough ships to ship! But seriously, if you haven’t started this series yet you really should!
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 5th 2013
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
It took me long enough to get around to reading Scarlet, right? I guess I’m late to the party again, third time this month. I realized that after reading Asti’s review of Cress a week ago. She was so incredibly excited about it, and I realized that my copy of Scarlet (the one I ordered right after finishing Cinder) was just collecting dust on my shelves. And that… that’s just plain wrong. Especially since I loved Cinder so much.
I truly didn’t realize how much I’d missed all the characters from the Lunar Chronicles until I started reading again. Cinder and Kai. And then ALL those new characters. They are all so incredibly interesting and captivating and so easy to fall in love with. Scarlet, Thorne, and Wolf. Again, characters with so much depth and it makes for such a wonderful tale. Scarlet was awesome. A tad rash, incredibly impatient, but so much strength. Like I said, she was awesome! And Thorne… sweet, snarky, and funny Thorne. He made me laugh until my stomach hurt. He’s hilarious, and not to mention the complete opposite of Kai, which made for a really interesting character. Then for the character that I absolutely adore: Wolf. He touched my heart. Made me laugh, made me want to strangle him, and made me feel all gushy inside. What’s not to love?
Scarlet picks up right were Cinder ended. Literally. There’s some subtle reminders to help you remember what happened in the first book and they help you along perfectly if it’s been a while since reading it (as was the case with me). The switching POVs between Scarlet and Cinder help with this as well. While switching POV doesn’t always work that well, it most certainly worked out for Scarlet.
I am obsessed with Marissa Meyer’s writing style and world building. The writing is addictive and it flows off the pages while reading. And then the beautifully crafted world building. So much detail. I want to read so much more about this world (and that’s why I just ordered Cress!).
The plot. I have almost no words. This is THE best and most creative retelling of Red Riding Hood I’ve ever read. It was absolutely outstanding. The plot is intricate. It leaves nothing to wish for. It’s action packed, captivating, and so original. I mentioned the switching POVs before, but the way they were written. Every storyline was well thought out. It never felt too much or overwhelming.
That ending? ALL THE FEELS.
Scarlet was absolutely and unquestionably amazing. Perfection!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 3rd 2012
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
This-Book-Was-Awesome! Four words: Cinderella, Cyborg, Futuristic Beijing! Talk about original. It was just… Wow.
I think I am actually speechless… How could I have not read this book before? Why, oh why, did it take me this long to finally read Cinder? Gosh, I am such an idiot every now and then! (Kim, thank you for slapping your copy of this book in my face and making me read it!)
A Cinderella retelling, and not just a retelling, because Cinder was a story all on its own with the fairy-tale elements sprinkled throughout it. The classic Cinderella fairy-tale was just molded into the story, a story with so much happening that its hard not to fall in love with the originality. It was just so well done! Marissa Meyer’s take on the evil stepmother, the step-sisters, THE prince, THE ball, and the ‘Shoe’ left behind was really brilliantly done. I was floored
I was just completely floored by the originality of this book. I love a good retelling, but I also think that retellings are really tough to write because it is hard to add something new and fresh to a classic tale everybody grew up with. Fairy-tales are so dear to me, I grew up loving them and knowing them by heart, so writing a retelling of Cinderella takes some guts. But boy Marissa Meyer nailed it!
The story is based on Cinderella’s story, but only elements can be found throughout the story. There is a whole story going on that is so different from the story we all know. Twists and turns that you sometimes see coming, but sometimes they knock you flat on your ass. While I did figure out the main twist in the story quite early on, there were other things happening that I didn’t see coming at all. I just had to keep reading.
Another highly original aspect of this book was the setting. I mean, come on, we’re talking about New Beijing! Completely original and a little bit scary at times (because after all we are reading a post-apocalyptic, dystopian book in which a plague is running its course over the city and its citizens). The setting takes this story, and the classic Cinderella story we all know, to a whole new level.
Cyborg Cinderella! *squeals* Cinder is such a strong and admirable female character. She’s smart (has a smart mouth as well as the necessary sass to back this up with), head-strong, and never loses her worth as a character. Then there is also a certain vulnerability to her that makes her so relatable. Not that I know what it’s like to be a cyborg or something, just saying.
Prince Kai I developed a crush on right away. He’s persistent and utterly charming, while still being completely sincere. Does that make sense? Probably not… I never make sense when I talk fictional crushes. Don’t mind my blabbing!
As you can conclude from the two previous paragraphs, the characters are definitely another reason to pick this book up! If a Cyborg Cinderella and a very charming prince isn’t enough reason for you to convince you of this fact, I probably forget to mention the cute and No-Verbal-Filter robot friend Iko. Iko is Cinder’s, completely adorable and hilarious, friend that’ll make this story SO worthy of your time!
If you were as stupid as me and haven’t read this book yet? Go get yourself a copy! It’s time to get your Cinderella Cyborg loving on!