Friday, May 30, 2014

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer is the third book in The Lunar Chronicles, a fun sci-fi series for young adults.

Crescent has spent more than half of her life in a tiny satellite orbiting Earth. She was born a Shell, a Lunar without mind-control abilities, and she should have been killed at birth -- but like many other Shells, she was instead taken to a government facility for reasons known only to the Lunar government. When Cress showed special aptitude for hacking and coding at a young age, Mistress Sybil took her away and put her in the satellite, giving her tasks to perform. Eager to please, hoping that someday she would be able to earn her Mistress's approval, Cress did all that she was asked to do -- until she realized what some of the consequences of her actions were for people on Earth. Ever since, she has been following Earthen news, especially anything related to Cinder and her dashing pilot Carswell Thorne. To tell the truth, Cress has a bit of a crush on Captain Thorne. She's done a lot of research into his past, and she's sure she knows more about him than just about anyone. But she never thought she would get to meet him -- until the day she made contact with Cinder's ship, offering them information and assistance in return for her rescue. That rescue doesn't go quite as planned, and as a result, Cress finds herself lost in the Sahara desert with Captain Thorne -- but it's not quite the romantic adventure she had daydreamed about in her lonely satellite. And Cress and Captain Thorne need to meet up with Cinder and her crew as soon as possible, because they have an important mission in front of them: stopping Emperor Kai from marrying Levana, the Lunar Queen.

I think I may actually like this book best so far in the series -- I like it better than Scarlet, definitely, and at least as much, if not more than, Cinder. I love the mashup of science fiction and fairy tale retelling. Cress's naivete is charming, there's just the right amount of action to keep the plot moving along, and I found it an altogether fun and engaging read. Of course, you have to start with the first two books in the series, but that's hardly a trial, since they are also enjoyable, and the next book in the series promises to be just as intriguing.

(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)

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