Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Posted January 28, 2014 by Kaitlynn in 5 stars, dystopian, Marissa Meyer, retelling, review, science fiction, series / 9 Comments

book cover of Cress by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 560
Source: ALA
Reading level: YA

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only 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 goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

The Lunar Chronicles only continues to improve. I honestly thought I couldn’t love the series any more than I did after reading Cinder but I was wrong. Cress is the best book in the series so far and I believe that Winter will be even better.
Marissa Meyer continues to amaze me with her stories. Everything seems separate and yet it somehow all ties together perfectly in the end. That became even more apparent in Cress. Every character, every storyline, every last plot point came together in this book to make for one amazingly convoluted story. No matter how small the detail, it all made perfect sense at the end of Cress.
Cress was an odd character. She was imprisoned on a satellite for years, never having any human contact other than with her captor. She had no clue how to interact with people when she finally did meet them. That became very obvious, very quickly. Cress was awkward in a really adorable way. She was brilliant, as well, which probably didn’t help with her awkwardness. It also didn’t help that she had a major crush on Thorne (who wouldn’t?). There were quite a few laughs at her interactions with Thorne. Thorne was hilarious on his own but add in Cress and I laughed a lot. They were perfectly imperfect together.
The story really comes to a head in Cress. Everything has been leading to a revolution and while that revolution hasn’t quite started yet, it’s pretty much there now. Every last detail is put in place. Every person who is going to be involved has been introduced. Motives have been explored, not just the typical ones but even the unexpected ones. Things are going to go down in Winter. That’s my prediction.
Overall, I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m going to stop now. I have to say though that I can’t recommend this book enough. Cress is the best in the series so far and even though it’s over 500 pages, you will read it in no time! Just think of all that Thorne! That’s why there are so many pages.
What others are saying about Cress:
Queen Ella Bee Reads’ review: “Just stop reading this and go start this series.”

Snuggly Oranges’ review: “This is absolutely fantastic: great characters, wonderful world building, engrossing writing, plenty of feels, and ships that are setting sail.”

Scott Reads It’s review: “My love for Cress is absolutely boundless and I am extremely obsessed with this book!”

Cinder (#1)
Scarlet (#2)
Cress (#3)
Winter (#4) – 2015

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9 responses to “Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

  1. I haven’t seen anything less that absolutely love for this book—its up next for me and I’m super excited to read it. So far with Cinder and Scarlet this has kept it’s spot as my favorite series and I have a feeling this book is just going to make that even more true!

  2. Ahhh! I am so excited to read Cress. And also how awesome is Marissa Meyer that every book in The Lunar Chronicles gets better and better. That’s not an easy thing to do in a series.

  3. I LOVE love love when a bunch of seemingly separate stories combine to form one overarching plot! It sounds like that’s exactly what this entire series is trying to do, and I couldn’t be more excited!

  4. Yes! Yes!!! I LOVE awkward characters. Can’t wait to really read about Cress and learn more about her. I read the 2-chapter (or so) preview offered on Netgalley and it was SO good. Seriously. Couldn’t be more excited for this book. And Thorne!!! Loved him so much in Scarlet. 🙂 Thanks for the review!

  5. Christina Kit.

    Oh my God I love this series! And I’m not a scifi fan, but the way the world works is clear and it’s always character driven.

    Cress is one of my favorites in the series! 🙂

    Lovely review 🙂

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