Thursday, December 5, 2013

Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

What are you reading? I've been on a recent fairy tale binge, reading two retellings of Rapunzel back-to-back. Yeah, that's a lot of hair. First, I want to tell you about Cress, the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. Cress will come out on February 2, 2013, but my thoughtful friend Lauren gave me an advance reader copy of Cress because she knew I loved the first two books in this series. Thanks, Lauren!

This is not that kind of fairy tale.
In the Lunar Chronicles, Meyer mixes classic fairy tales with sci-fi (and a whole lot of Joss Whedon's influence!) to create mindbogglingly fun new stories that feel a lot like Firefly. So far, a cyborg Cinderella and her colorful band of outlaw allies have traveled from New Beijing to France, and then into space, in a bid to save the world from the evil Lunar Queen and her army of genetically altered soldiers who are part man and part wolf. Are you still with me? *grin*

Yes, it's silly... but it's a lot of fun!

Cress begins with the group rescues the title character from her satellite prison. Because in the future, evil queens imprison girls in space, not in towers. I loved that! Cress is a long-haired hacker who has been hidden in a satellite by the Lunar queen and forced to use her incomparable skills to spy on the people of Earth. Many years of solitude have made Cress more than a little loopy, and she thinks everything that happens to her is The. Most. Romantic. Thing. Ever. Cress is exactly what I look for in a book: She's a vividly imagined character with a quirky and well-defined personality, and her hilarious romantic delusions are one of my favorite things about this story.

The group does get Cress off of the satellite, but the rescue doesn't go as planned. Much of the story follows the separated characters as they trek through Northern Africa and try to reunite with each other. Unfortunately, I think the playful interactions between the main characters are the best moments in this series. So until the characters were reunited, the story dragged. I forced  myself to keep reading because I looked forward to their reunion, and when they finally came together again, it was all worth it.

Are you intrigued? Download the first five chapters of Cress for free, and see for yourself how much fun it is to travel the solar system with these characters.


  1. Sounds interesting and odd (in a good way!). I like fairy tales too so maybe I will have to check out Lunar Chronicles.

  2. As a children's librarian I picked up Cinder to see if it was appropriate for my students. I have been completely captivated by these books and waiting for the next to arrive. I can comfortably recommend the trilogy to my 7th and 8th graders.
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    1. Isn't it great to find a book you can comfortably recommend to younger readers? That was always a problem when I was working at the library... I'd remember that I loved a book, but I couldn't remember whether it had any naughty stuff.

  3. Great review! I can't wait to read this book and meet new characters. <3

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