Cress is a prisoner and she has been for a long time. Worse, she’s a slave for the wicked Queen Levana, the cruel monarch of the moon. She has to use her prodigious hacking ability to help Lunar ships sneak to and from Earth. She’s part of the reason a surprise attack on Earth which killed thousands of people was so successful.
Her imprisonment has gone on long enough. Cress longs to escape her captors and her prison, along with the torturous memories of what she’s done.
But she doesn’t want to be rescued by just anyone. No, her heart is set on Carswell Thorne, the dashing rogue and accomplice of the cyborg fugitive Linh Cinder. Cress has constructed a gigantic fantasy about Thorne someday becoming her savior and falling madly in love with her.
When fantasy clashes with her reality, though, Cress finds herself on the run and hunted by her former masters. Can she survive the hunt? Or will throwing her lot in with Cinder be her undoing?
So obviously, I recently finished reading Cress by Marissa Meyer, the latest addition to The Lunar Chronicles series. Once again, Meyer has crafted a brilliant sci-fi and fairy tale mash up, this time centered around the story of Rapunzel.
Cress is a fun character. Isolated and a little off due to her imprisonment, she’s incredibly naive and an incurable romantic at the same time, which makes her the perfect foil for Carswell Thorne. It was good to spend more time with Thorne as well, to see what makes this egomaniacal thief tick.
But as much fun as Cress’s story was, it was Cinder who stole the story right out from under her. The overarching storyline of Cinder’s identity and what she needs to do really came to the forefront in this book. By the end of the book, Cress had pretty much disappeared into the background and I was okay with that. In some ways, she’s just the catalyst that propels Cinder toward the endgame with Queen Levana.
The book ends on a cliffhanger, which is fine, because it makes me want to read the next book all the more. The Lunar Chronicles is a great escape into a magical world, one that I highly recommend.