Friday, January 24, 2014
My Thoughts: Cress my Marissa Meyer
Okay, lets just get this out of the way. Cress was amazing. What did you expect? It was fantastic. The Lunar Chronicles gets better and better with every book.
When I first read Cinder back in 2012, I was apprehensive about reading a book that seemed to be so far out of my comfort zone. I initially thought that I would never read this book about "robots and moon people." I thought that I would be bored to tears. Then I read it and was blown away by how amazing it was (my thoughts). Then Scarlet came around. Again I was nervous about this one. I had really liked Cinder, and to be honest, second books in a series are rarely good, and did I really like Cinder as much as I remembered? Still, I read Scarlet (my thoughts) and well, who was I to doubt?
Anywho, to say I was excited for Cress would be an understatement, and to be honest, I am not sure what I can say in this review that I haven't already said about this series.
In Cress we meet... Cress... a Lunar girl who has been living in solitude on a satellite for the past several years (I think it's been seven). Cress is what the Lunar's call a shell (as in she has no magical abilities), therefore her parents sent her away when she was born to be disposed of. Poor Cress, who is stuck alone on a spaceship, which later crashes to earth, and lands in a desert. Being stranded in the desert never sounds like a fun time, but Meyer does a good job of putting you there with Cress and she has you experiencing what Cress is experiencing. This is her first time on earth, everything is new to her and she is feeling very vulnerable. I could feel Cress' anxiety building as the time in the desert stretched from hours into days and so on, it made me anxious. I couldn't stop reading.
However, like many of Marissa Meyer's female protagonists, Cress is strong and fierce in a way that suits her. Does that make sense? She's incredibly intelligent but she's also a gentle individual, and she's got these ideas about things that are a bit fantastical, but she's sweet and sincere and loyal. Cress really wants to do the right thing, and she wants to help where she can. But, at the same time, she' been isolated for the majority of her life, this means she's not sure of where she fits in, and whether or not what she can contribute is needed or appreciated.
As I mentioned in my review of Scarlet, Thorne was a favourite of mine. And I was happy to see that we get to see more of him in Cress. Anyone who doesn't like Thorne... I dunno. What you see most about Thorne is that he's funny, and really arrogant, but, he's also really charming and loyal and he's a bad ass fighter. Of all the leading men in The Lunar Chronicles so far- Thorne is my kind of guy.
Overall, from the convoluted review of Cress by Marissa Meyer you should have gotten that this series is a must read. This being the third book in this series is perfect. It moves the story along wonderfully and introduces new characters in a way that isn't overwhelming. Cress was full of adventure and high pressure situations, but it was also full of wit and humour. It made reading it absolutely delightful. I am a fan, and I am both excited and a little sad that Winter brings the end of The Lunar Chronicles. But I think it's going to be amazing.
~Happy Reading Everyone!