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