Cress (Lunar Chronicles, bk #3)
by Marissa Meyer
Cress has been alone on a satellite circling earth since she was a very young child, with only her netscreens and an occasional visit from her Lunar guardian for company. She has grown her hair very long and developed an excellent singing voice, a talent for computer hacking, and a taste for sentimental romances...and Cress longs for a handsome prince to rescue her from distress.
What comes along is not a prince exactly, but rather, a group of fugitives intent on de-throning the evil Lunar Queen Levana. And they want Cress to help them.
This story is much more than a science fiction re-casting of "Rapunzel." It is also a terrific, fast-paced, suspenseful and sweet coming-of-age tale. With plenty of cliffhanger chapters and chases through deserts, underground passageways and outer space, there is much to love...including the clever but naive character of Cress.
Cress is part 3 in a series that will include at least 4 books. Cinder starts the series, starring an unloved cyborg stepchild. Scarlet is second, featuring a girl in red and her rather dubious lupine companion. Winter (coming in September 2015) will focus on Queen Levana's beautiful stepdaughter. A "prequel" to the series, Fairest, is scheduled for release in January 2015.
The book and the audiobook narrated by Rebecca Soler are highly recommended to readers and listeners ages 12 to adult. No cussing, some violence, some blood, and a few very important kisses.