by Marissa Meyer
Published By: MacMillan
Release Date: 02/04/14
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA
Source: Audiobook Received for Review
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.
Wowzers, what a fun ride that was! I keep thinking that these books could not possibly get any better. But Marissa Meyer keeps proving me wrong. After loving Cinder and Scarlet, I was so excited t immediately dive into Cress. I mean, it’s about freaking Rapunzel! Rapunzel is my favorite princess and Tangled is one of my favorite movies (and not just in the ‘kids’ movies category). We got to see a sneak peek of Cress in book one, Cinder and I was blown away at how the story all came together to officially bring Cress in the picture. Guys, this series is pure epicness!
After Cinder, Thorne and Iko finally caught up to Scarlet and Wolf in the last book, they are still desperate to stop the deliciously wicked evil Queen Levana from unleashing her army on Earth. They’re search leads them to Cress, one of the Queen’s personal hackers. Unfortunately, Cress has been trapped alone in a satellite since she was little. (Ah, gotta love those fairytale similarities!) Having only the netscreens as company growing up, Cress is obviously sheltered and a little bit naive about the real world. But, this only makes you love her more. Her time spent on the netscreens has made Cress develop a crush on Carswell Thorne. Imagine her surprise when he’s part of the crew of misfits who attempts to rescue Cress from her satellite? But, things don’t go according to plan and the crew must now adjust to the new turn of events.
I was not expecting for this story to start off with such a bang or for it to go in the direction it went in! Now, in addition to Cinder’s story, and Scarlet’s story, we also get Cress’s story. Meyer sure knows what she’s doing, because while this could have been overkill, the story flowed flawlessly! Also, did you notice how long the book is? 550 pages! (15 hours and 40 minutes on audio) There’s more than plenty of time for us to get all of their story. Honestly, I wanted more! Although these are different books, this is all one big story so each story is still in ‘progress.’ The slow burn buildup between these characters is amazing!
I was a sucker for Thorne already from the last book, but holy hell did he steal my heart in this one! And Cress, god I loved her! One of the things that makes this story so epic is the CHARACTERS! Ahhhhh, the characters! Cinder, Kai, Iko, Scarlet, Wolf and so many more. Did anyone else just want to give Wolf an big hug? That part where he was holding the can of tomatoes? Argh, right in the chest! Along with these great characters, we are introduced to Winter, who’s the MC of the next book. I gotta say, Winter was nothing like what I was expecting. She’s not all there and more than a little crazy and I can’t wait to see how she ties in to the whole story. Honestly, I can’t praise this series highly enough! Definitely one of my favorites!
Audiobook Comments: Wow, what else can I possibly say about Rebecca Soler’s brilliant performance??? Like the books, her performance just keeps getting better and better. I don’t even know how this is possible. Just like how she brought the other characters to life, she does it again with Cress and Thorne’s characters. I love how each characters voice is so completely unique. I’m so excited that she will also be narrating the next (and final) book because I can’t imagine listening to these books any other way. I’m also insanely jealous that she will be reading Winter early! At almost 16 hours long (wow!), there’s no better narrator to spend all that time listening to. Until Winter is released next year, these will sure be getting a re-listen.
Listen to the first chapter of Cress:
Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Cress:
“It’s all right,” said Wolf. “You loved her. I would have felt the same if someone wanted to erase Scarlet’s identity and give it to Levana’s army.
Scarlet stiffened, feeling heat rushing into her cheeks. He certainly wasn’t insinuating….
“Aaaaw,” squealed Iko. “Did Wolf just say he loves Scarlet? That’s so cute!”
Scarlet cringed. “He did not-that wasn’t-” She balled her fists against her sides. “Can we get back to these soldiers that are being rounded up, please?”
“Is she blushing? She sounds like she’s blushing.”
“She’s blushing,” Thorne confirmed, shuffling the cards. “Actually, Wolf is looking a little flustered.”
“Captain,” she murmured.
“I think I’m in love with you.”
An eyebrow shot up. She counted six beats of his heart before, suddenly, he laughed.
“Don’t tell me it took you two whole days to realize that. I must be losing my touch.”
“I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed.”
“But you’re a prisoner,” said Thorne.
“I prefer damsel in distress,” she murmured.
One side of Thorne’s mouth quirked up, into that perfect half smile he’d had in his graduation photo. A look that was a little bit devious, and all sorts of charming.
Cress’s heart stopped, but if they noticed her melting into her chair, they didn’t say anything.
Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.
“Yeah, I guess you’re right,” he said, squeezing. “Maybe there’s a little bit of a hero in me after all. But… really, Cress. Only a little.”