Cress by Marissa Meyer


Marissa Meyer
4.5 Stars

***Caution. Contains Spoilers!***

Cress (short for Crescent Moon) is stuck in a satellite. Thaumaturge Mira has trapped her there ever since she figured out how to manipulate a netscreen…and forces her to work non-stip for the Lunar crown. But Cress wants a prince to save her…or at least someone like Thorne (who happens to be a hero). And she doesn’t want Cinder to fall prey to Queen Levana, who she despises even more than Thaumaturge Mira. But as with all things in this sci-fi fairytale world, there are some harsh parts of living in a fairy tale. Take for example the “fall” that Rapunzel’s (or Cress’) hero must have. And the fact that that hero loses his sight from that fall (in the traditional tale as well as here). And of course Cinder and Scarlet don’t have it easy either. In fact, I would not envy either of their fairy tales plot-lines this go-round. But…seeing how there is still one more story to go, of course life is still tricky and hard. And there isn’t quite the “happily ever” after yet. But hopefully, with a little luck and some superb cyber help from Cress, then Cinder can take some more steps to stop Queen Levana from taking over the world. Well done. Now if only Winter was out…

Book Discussion Questions:
Compare the story of Rapunzel to Cress. How are they the same? Different?
There are a lot of people who are not what they seem. Is that good, bad, or neither? Why?
One particular village decided to stand up for what they thought was right. What were the consequences? Were they worth it?
Why did the Doctor do what he did? He ruined quite a lot of lives. Was he justified in doing so? Why or why not?
Was Thorne really a hero like Cress thought he was? Explain why.

Feiwel and Friends, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-312-64297-6
Advance Reader’s Edition
FORMAT: Sci-Fi, Distopian
AGES: Young Adult

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