Thursday, October 9, 2014

63. Cress - Marissa Meyer

#3 The Lunar Chronicles
Audio read by Rebecca Soler - who's spectacular and perfect for these voices - she really does them justice.
13 unabridged cds/ 16 hours
2014 Felwel & Friends/Macmillan Audio
550 pgs.
YA SciFi/Dystopia
Finished: 10/8/2014
Goodreads rating: 4.50
My rating:   5/Awesome, didn't want it to end....
Setting:  All-over-the-world (which is now six countries), but mostly orbiting in space between Earth and Luna (the moon).  When?  maybe a couple hundred years from now?

1st sentence/s: "Her satellite made one full orbit around the planet earth every sixteen hours. It was a prison that came with an endlessly breathtaking view -- vast blue oceans and swirling clouds and sunrises that set half the world on fire."

My comments:  I am really enjoying this series.  I'm listening to it as I drive back and forth to work, and I think the Rebecca Soler, who does the reading, is terrific.  She adds personality to each of the characters and is able to switch instantly to individual nuances as the dialogue progresses.  I think she's added a dimension to each of the characters that I might not have done if merely reading the words. The story is part scifi, part dystopia, mystery, adventure and a tiny bit of romance.  It works really well together and I must give Marissa Meyer TWO THUMBS UP! I'm very much looking forward to the next installment.  This one ended perfectly.

Goodreads book summary:  In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, 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 her army. 
       Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned 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 just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 
       When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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