Rachel: Good Morning fellow readers! Today is day 5 of #CelebrateCress and we are so glad you came to join our VERY FIRST CRISS CROSS discussion. Since it’s #CelebrateCress, we want to talk about predictions for Cress! Just FYI, there are spoilers for both Cinder and Scarlet in this post, so if you haven’t read those books, STOP HERE. And also, GO READ THEM.
First let’s re-cap Cinder (read our review here). At the end of Cinder we were left with:
-The cyborg draft was meant as a way to find Cinder.
-Iko was dismembered by the evil stepmother, and Cinder rescued her personality chip.
-Nainsi contained a Lunar D-Comm chip that Queen Levana has been using to spy on the Emperor.
-A girl with long blond hair was on the other end of the D-Comm chip.
-Cinder is actually Princess Selene (and is therefore both Lunar and Cyborg).
-Kai makes an agreement with Levana to return Cinder to her (so Levana could take her “prisoner”—i.e. kill her) in exchange for Levana agreeing to not wage war on Earth.
-Dr. Erland gives Cinder a new hand and foot, and gives her instructions to escape and meet him in Africa.
Julianne: Scarlet (review here) recap:
In Scarlet we meet the goodhearted but tough, headstrong, and slightly abrasive Scarlet. She is quickly swept up in a tumultuous and thrilling series of adventures, and joins forces with our old faces from Cinder, along with new ones. At the end we have been nudged out to the edge of the story and left hanging at the edge of the cliff…. ahhh
– Kai is still in danger of becoming subject to Levana by marriage (poor thing, probably getting grey hairs worrying about it…)
– The entire Lunar army hot on the tails of the ragtag rebels.
– I’M GOING TO HAVE TO REREAD…
Rachel: Haha, Ok Juju! I’ll help you out! At the end of Scarlet we were left with what Julianne listed above and:
-Wolf is actually part of the Queen’s secret service, the LSOP, a team of genetically modified humans with wolf-like qualities.
-Levana DESPERATELY wants Cinder.
-Scarlet’s Grandma had a love child with a Lunar while in the military.
-Grandma actually housed and protected Cinder until she was 11 yrs old and Mr. Linh picked her up.
-Grandma has the same blocking chip that Cinder had, and the LSOP tortures her to death trying to find out how she’s immune to glamour and where the Princess Selene is. (Tough lady gave them nothing.)
-The attacks of the LSOP force Kai into a marriage agreement.
-Iko becomes the Rampion causing some great interactions between her and Thorne. 🙂
-Cinder and Thorne rescue Scarlet and Wolf right in time!
-Cinder has better glamour skills at the end of the book than the beginning—she actually was able to control a LSOP.
-Scarlet and Wolf get all mushy (according to Iko).
Julianne: haha thanks Rae… it melded so perfectly with Cress I had a difficult time recalling where Scarlet ended! And we actually learn what LSPO means–Lunar Special Operative!
JB: According to the blurb for Cress, we know the following about Cress:
-Cress is a hacker.
-Levana orders Cress to track down Cinder and the handsome Captain Thorne.
-Cress escapes her satellite.
-The team gets separated.
-Queen Levana won’t let anything get between her marriage with Kai, which suggests that something/someone is trying to stop it.
-The earth’s fate rests in the hands of a bunch of misfits.
Questions we want/need answered:
–How does Cress escape?
-Why/how is the group separated?
-Will Kai be able to get out of marrying Levana? (And will he end up with Cinder?)
Speculations from around the interwebs:
-Cress is actually Crescent Moon, the (supposedly dead) shell daughter of Dr. Erland.
-Cress and Thorne get together.
-Cinder and Thorne get together.
-It will take place in the Sahara desert.
-Lunars drink the blood of shells to become immune to the glamour of other Lunars.
-Levana has been using Cress’s blood to spread Letumosis among earthens in order to weaken Earth’s ability to fight back.
-Earthens create a weapon to destroy Luna.
Rachel: Marissa has included the iconic scenes of the classic fairytales in her retellings. A lost foot, a wolf disguised as grandma, etc.
What iconic scenes of the Rapunzel story do you think she will include? If you are not familiar with the classic tale, check back Tuesday for a post on the history of Rapunzel!
Aside from that, what do you think will happen in Cress? How will the tension play out between the characters and Lunar vs. Earth? Will there be kissing?
Julianne: Who are we kidding… of course there will be kissing…
Rachel: We hope!! Let us know your predictions in the comments below!