Cress by Marissa Meyer

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: February 4th 2014

4 OUT OF 5 STARS

“Maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”

Cinder, Captain Thorne, Wolf and Scarlet are all on the run together. The Royal Wedding grows closer and closer and they still don’t have a plan to stop Levana from becoming Empress and overthrow her as Queen of Luna. Cress, a savvy programmer trapped in a lonely satellite might be just what they needed. The rescue doesn’t go as smoothly as planned and the group is shattered into pieces. They’ll have to find a way back to each other, and a way to stop the wedding, before it’s too late.

Despite having a pretty large main cast with several different POV characters, Cress flourishes instead of suffers. The female characters are all well-developed and strong without falling into the bland shell many YA heroines fall into. Cress in particular is a nice spin on the damsel in distress. She can show weakness without being a failure as a character. The plot feels much more fast paced and interesting than Scarlet. We get several great battle scenes and a lot of character development for Cress, Captain Thorne, Kai and Docter Erland. It did a really wonderful job of tying all the plot-lines together for the final story. Winter looks like such a promising character, the series is sure to finish off with a bang.

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Read this if you’re a fan of: Red Queen

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