Donna Reads:  Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)

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Cress – Czech Republic cover

In Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer, we return to the world of the cyborg, Cinder.  Cress is Meyer’s take on Rapunzel.  Cress (Crescent Moon) has been held captive on a satellite orbiting Earth since she was a small child.  Cress is a Lunar citizen and a computer whiz. The evil Lunar Queen, Levana, has taken advantage of Cress’s skills to secretly spy on Earth for many years.  Cress and Cinder accidentally connect with each other over a communication chip and Cress begins secretly helping to hide Cinder and aid her in her flight from Levana’s reaches.  Cress is also more than a little in love with Carswell Thorne, Cinder’s shipmate. Cinder, Thorne and Scarlet decide to rescue Cress. Things go wrong when Levana’s cruel Thaumaturge, Sybil shows up and discovers that Cinder is on her way and within her reach. 

This was a long novel (547 pages). There was a lot going on here. At times I found myself wondering why I wasn’t farther along than I was. It seemed to drag at times. Then again, maybe I just want to wrap it up. I want to see the evil Queen get defeated and everyone get their happy ending.  It feels at times as if I’ve been reading the same book for  forever.   Maybe more than 3 novels in a series is too much?  This one has five books if you count the prequel that just came out (Fairest). I have no intention of reading the prequel. I’ve read the reviews, and I don’t want to dip into the dark side of Levana to see what makes her tick. I don’t care.  I just want to see her get what’s coming to her. 

 

I still recommend reading this series. This one was just overly long for me. I’m hoping that having to wait until November to pick up the story again will re-spark my interest. 

Image courtesy of lunarchronicles.wikia.com – I think I prefer this cover version – it more accurately depicts Cress and the situation she was forced into

Donna Reads: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

scarletIn Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles Book 2), author Marissa Meyer continues with the story of her female cyborg character, Cinder. The first novel, Cinder, was a futuristic retelling of the Cinderella fairytale. In the second installment, Scarlet, Meyer takes on the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

I had a harder time getting into this second novel in the series. I didn’t care as much about Scarlet or her grandmother. Cinder drew me in fairly quickly; Scarlet did not. In Cinder, even if I wasn’t sure where the story was heading, I felt sympathetic to the main character and cared what happened to her. I didn’t feel that way about Scarlet. She is supposed to be tough, but I just found her annoying. Her father had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I also found the wolf characters in the book gruesome and creepy. This book alternated between telling Scarlet’s and Cinder’s stories, and I kept rushing through the Scarlet chapters to get back to Cinder’s story. I understand why the author tied the characters together, and they do eventually meet and work together against the evil Lunar queen, but I didn’t like this book (or its characters) as well as I did the first book.

As for the developing romance between Scarlet and Wolf, that didn’t interest or intrigue me either and I found it a little unbelievable. Wolf (or Ze’ev or Alpha Kesley or whatever name he goes by), turns out to be a member of a genetically altered wolf pack, and his human persona was not very likable. He was just weird. I wondered what Scarlet saw in him. His pack had kidnapped her Granny, and he was a killer/fighter. What’s likeable about that? Scarlet also fell for him within a day’s time. Really?

The book got more interesting for me when Scarlet and Wolf met up with Cinder and Thorne, but that was towards the end of the story. This novel does its job in providing background information for Cinder’s story, and it does give Cinder some allies in her battle against the queen. It’s not something I would read a second time, though. I am hoping that Book 3 (Cress/Rapunzel) is better.

Donna Reads: Cinder (the Lunar Chronicles #1)

cinderIn Cinder by Marissa Meyer, New Beijing is a city from the future. Humans and androids co-exist, and a deadly plague threatens the human population. In this twist on the classic Cinderella fairy tale, Cinder is a mechanic. She’s also a cyborg. Cyborgs are hated – not human and not android. She doesn’t fit in anywhere. When Cinder’s beloved stepsister falls ill with the plague, Cinder’s stepmother blames Cinder and sends her off to be a test subject for the plague research. Cinder’s past is a mystery. Who is Cinder?

I have to admit to being totally taken in by this re-telling of the Cinderella story. This novel borrows some from the fairy tale, but it also changes the story quite a bit. I also have to admit that I figured out fairly early on just who Cinder is. I liked that she is both tough and tender in this story even though the ability to cry and blush have been taken away from her when she was made cyborg. I like that she is uncertain but also committed. Underneath the computerized, metal parts and pieces, she is still human. I found myself mentally cheering her on more than once. This book is very well written, and I like that it didn’t turn in to a cheesy romance although there is an attraction between Cinder and Prince Kai. Since this is a book in a series, it doesn’t tie everything up neatly with a “happily ever after” at the end. I liked that, too. I am now reading the second book in the series, and I highly recommend these books to anyone who enjoys a different type of read like I do.