When Cinder and her crew attempt to rescue Cress from a satellite, everything goes wrong, and the gang find themselves split at a time when they despe...moreWhen Cinder and her crew attempt to rescue Cress from a satellite, everything goes wrong, and the gang find themselves split at a time when they desperately need unity. Levana and Kai's wedding is approaching fast and, unless they can come up with a way to stop it, there won't be an earth left to save.
Guys. This book surpassed my every expectation.
Three things really drew me into CINDER and SCARLET: The characters, the settings, and the plot twists. CRESS was almost like the Avengers on steroids--the best of all those things rolled into one thrilling roller coaster that didn't sacrifice character development for its breakneck speed, but used the characters to pull me deeper and deeper.
Though the main cast has more than doubled since CINDER, each character was still compelling and the team's interactions were the highlight of the book for me. (The contrast of Cress interacting with Thorne and then with Wolf was particularly hilarious, for instance.) I adored seeing the strengths and weakness of the characters deepen and grow together throughout this book.
I believe that Cress was a worthy addition to the cast of female characters, though in the end I didn't feel her character arc was as obviously strong as some of the others. However, I think she showed her own sort of strength, and I was happy with where the book left her. (She actually reminded me a bit of Catherine Morland, one of my favorite Austen characters.)
Meyer's settings become only more vividly developed in this book. From the satellite to the ship to the Sahara to Luna, every place a character touches was uniquely imagined and described with details that made it feel starkly real. I was impressed in CINDER by Meyer's specific terminology of the scientifically advanced world, and I loved seeing this reappear in CRESS (more than I felt it had in SCARLET).
The wry humor and winks at cliches (especially when it came to Thorne) had me tittering throughout the book, while the tension kept me biting my fingers. (So basically I looked like a crazy person while reading this in the airport.) I couldn't put it down, and at the same time I didn't want it to end.
I highly, highly, highly recommend CRESS, and can't wait to read it again when it's officially released on February 4th.