ARC Review | Cress by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cress 
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication: February 4th, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
Source: Borrowed from a friend (Thanks Rachel!)

Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Synopsis: 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.

Review: This series keeps getting better with each book I read. I enjoyed Cinder, found Scarlet to be more of what I was looking for and Cress to top the charts. This book comes out this week (today!) and I don't think you'll regret running to the store to pick this one up.

While this book is rather large, I felt that the pages went by too fast. There was constant action and some great character development as we not only got to know Cress, but Captain Thorne as well. And oh boy, I can say that I am a Thorne girl all the way. I absolutely loved Cress and Thorne, their interactions, their flirting, they are one of my favorite YA couples. I adore Cress, she's just so cute, and awesome. She's like that little sister that you want to take with you everywhere, that little sister that you care for and cheer for. 

Also, I am a huge fan of the way that Meyer incorporates diversity into her novels. There are characters of multiple ethnicities and I loved seeing that in a novel. I feel that it gives a more realistic picture to the characters as well as the world that they are living in. 

I have never read a Rapunzel retelling and I am amazed by how, yet again, Meyer did such a fantastic job of putting her own twist on a classic fairytale. I absolutely love the sci-fi elements that she incorporates into these retellings as well. The fact that Rapunzel was a computer hacker was pretty awesome to begin with. Along with her story, her writing flows so well that the story is more like a movie playing out in my head. 

This book ends on a pretty big cliffhanger so I can't wait to read the next one. I can't wait to see how Meyer puts her own spin on the next book, which I hear is a retelling of Snow White, with a girl named Winter. All around, this book was fantastic and my favorite one of the Lunar Chronicles thus far. 

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? Have you read a retelling of Rapunzel before?