08 March 2014

Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyers

Book: Cress (#3 Lunar Chronicles)
Author: Marissa Meyer
File Type: e-book
Release Date: 4th february 2014
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
My Ratings: 2 stars out of five


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.

I wasn't going to write a review at first but I feel that I need to, even though I have reviewer's block at the moment. (My exams have just gotten over so the well is dry.)

I will be simple and straight here.

Cress is very disappointing.

Marissa Meyer did a fantastic job in Scarlet, the predecessor.
As noticed from the current trade: The first book is going to be crap or just plain okay. But the second one is going to blow you away. After reading it and submerging yourself in all its awesomeness and badassness, you're sold.
Usually, the next book, throws the ball out of the park.
But here? GAH. There is a massive crater in the field because this book just self-destructed and killed everyone near it.

I think I have the 'badass-girl protag' syndrome.
Any girl who's sweet, naive and docile, even if she's not doing anything wrong, seems to turn me off.
Thanks Katniss and Penryn. YOU GIRLS RUINED MY NEUTRAL MIND.

Cress is a very sweet and naive girl. She's been trapped in her satellite for many years and she hasn't really seen the world. So when certain circumstances throw her on Earth, in the real world. She's lost.
Also, she has this insane crush on Captain Thorne.
It was something I had really been looked forward for. The casanova Captain Thorne finally falling for a girl?
Wow. Just wow.
As you must have already guessed, it didn't really work out that well.

Honestly, I don't blame Cress for being dumb. In fact she wasn't really dumb. She could hack into almost anything. But she was very flighty when it came to dangerous situations and I like action, so when you run away from action, it just doesn't look like action anymore. Still, I don't blame her. I just don't like her.

Another flaw was the number of POVs in this book. You had Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Thorne, Kai and maybe Wolf ( I don't really remember), oh and you even had the doctor's POV.
I've always believed that too many cooks spoil the broth. While it did work in some books. (Hello Marchetta and Lumetere Chronicles), for this one, it was just too much.
I understand why each character needed to have their POV. Most of them weren't together until the very end, but still.
Because there were so many POVs, this didn't feel like Cress's book. Initially I had waved off this complaint of mine but then I looked at the title of the book and started thinking, 'What the hell. It's HER name on the damn cover.'

Biggest flaw?  It wasn't a good retelling.
The story of Rapunzel could've been used to do wonderful things, but it just didn't happen. I'm really happy with the ending though. (REALLY. THAT KISS WAS MAGNIFICIENT. VERY INTENSE)

Although this one was disappointing, I can't wait to get my hands on the next book, Winter...because,
1) It's the last book and the very end.
2) I'd like to Levana burn.
3) It's based on Snow White. Now that's one retelling I haven't ever come across. I wonder what the role of those seven dwarves would be like and how Ms. Meyer is going to incorporate the element in the book.

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