Book Review: The Lunar Chronicles #3 Cress - Marissa Meyer

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Lunar Chronicles #3 Cress
Hey, Rapunzel! Could you down your hair for now? I need it!

by Marissa Meyer

3.5 of stars

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Title: Cress
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Faiwel and Friends Book
Year of publish: 2014
Number of pages: 468
ISBN: 978-1-250-05318-3

In this third book in Marissa Meyer's bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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 prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she'd ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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Cress is the third book of The Lunar Chronicles written by Marissa Meyer. If Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella and Scarlet is The Red Riding Hood, Cress itself is a retelling of Rapunzel. Yeah, if you know the story about Rapunzel, you would remember a girl with a long-blonde-hair. She was living in some tower that have no neither windows nor stairs. She lived alone and no one know her existence. Only her 'aunt' who always came to her. Who is her parents? She didn't know too.

Well, in my opinion, there is no much differentiation between Rapunzel and Cress. You just have to change the tower into satellite. Then, the ability of painting changed into hacking. Wow! No one would expect that Rapunzel in the third era is a hacker and abandoned in a space satellite. Her name is Cress. Since she is child, she had been separated from her parents because she is a shell. For Lunars, shell is very dangerous. Moreover, the parents of Queen Levana--the Lunars Queen--has been killed by a shell. But, because of her ability, Cress could gain some trust from Thaumaturge Mira. After that, Thaumaturge Mira took Cress into a space satellite and give her many missions to keep Lunars sovereignty.

Starting from some communication that has been made between Cress and Cinder, finally Cinder took a decision to safe Cress. Although there are some reluctance from the Rampion Crew, but in the end, they accept what Cinder's want. After they prepared the plan, Cinder told Cress and made sure that she had to be ready. The thing that was never expected is the appearing of Sybil Mira in Cress' satellite. So, what would happen, then? Is Cress would be safe? Please read this book to find out.

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For me, this book is a little bit slow if I compare it to the other two. Why I said like that? Because, in this book there were three scenes that would be appear, first, the Rampion crew condition; second, the journey of Thorne and Cress in Dessert; and three, the preparation of Kai Wedding with Levana--well, poor Kai! Okay, actually I would not complain about the way Meyer show the character's condition, but, I think that there are some parts that really slow, very slow indeed. Sigh. I try to enjoy it as much as possible, but I still could feel it.

But, although I said that this book has a slow plot, I think I should appreciate the way Meyer made the plot. It's very unexpected. Well, I have to admit that the last part of this book is not in my prediction. Great for that! Thanks for the plot 'twist'! Ehm, okay. It's not necessarily twist, but somehow I couldn't predict it. 

Then, from the story itself, I really like it. How Cress, Thorne, Scarlet, Wolf, Cinder, and, even, Kai, interact. In someway, I find their oh-so-sweet moment. It made me giggle when I read it. One thing that you should know is, I red this book in the middle of my mid test. Why? Because I am really curious with the story. I am really eager to kill Levana because of her greediness. She is a bad queen after all. I hate her so much. I just couldn't keep my self to calm when Kai proposed her. Eugh! I hate this moment. But, I think I know what Kai felt. He has so many burden to make his citizen's happy and prosper. Ehm, but again, I have to agree with Cinder, marrying Levana is not the best solution at all. She would kill Kai after she gain the status of east commonwealth's empress. I am really agree. 

Well, then, even there are so many hatred appeared because of Levana, I have to be happy because of Cress and Thorne relationship is really cute.  Their journey in the dessert is quite exhausting but make them close to each other. Yeay!

By the way, I still love the cover. It's simple but collect-able. Lol. Okay then, if you want to read some Young Adult novel with unordinary retelling story, The Lunar Chronicles could be best for you. Don't forget to read the first and the second book. I am ensure you that you will not regret it.

Bye in another review.


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