Monday, 27 January 2014

Cress by Marissa Meyer - First chapter review!

Title: Cress

Author: Marissa Meyer

Published: 4th February 2014

By: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Source: netgalley

Synopsis: In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has. 

So I was only a few sentences into the first chapter and I was already drawn in!  This time, in book three of the Lunar Chronicles series we delve into the story of Cress and it's the tale of Rapunzel that provides the basis for our adventure.  Banished from Luna Cress now spends her life revolving around the planet she once lived on and gazing out at planet earth wondering what life would be like if she were to live there (or in our case, here).

Leading a life of solitude,with the exception of the occasional visit from Queen Levana, Cress spends the majority of her time working on the computers within the satellite. It is this work that her makes her an excellent hacker and for that reason she's wanted by everyone, good and bad. Which is how she fits oh so neatly into the plot that began developing in Cinder and continued to grow in Scarlet.  I only got to read the first chapter but what I could read grabbed me completely.I immediately warmed to Cress and I like the way that Meyer adds enough info that you're pretty much up to speed within the first few paragraphs, outlining earlier interactions between herself and Linh Cinder.  Everything about this short instalment promises a spectacular sequel.   Just crossing my fingers for Prince Kai and Cinder now...Eeshk!

In short, I can't wait to get hold of a copy.  Only days to go now!


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