Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

CressSource: Purchased
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Edition: Hardcover
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi Dystopian
Purchase: AmazonBarnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases

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.

Why did I take so long to read this!? Gah, I did this with Scarlet and I have had this since it came out so there is no excuse! Nevertheless I’m so happy I finally got around to reading it1

This books brings a new character into the mix, Crescent or Cress for short. I love her! She’s a hacker who lives in a tiny satellite and works for the Lunar Crown.She has had more than enough time to learn about Cinder and her crew, and more than a enough time to dream about her life. I love that Cress is oddly optimistic about things due to her confinement, and she holds a sense of innocence and niavity about her that was endearing and never frustrating. I also love that Meyer doesn’t let her have the dream she painted while a lone, but instead fleshes everything out and shows the reality. It really left a lot of room for Cress (and others) to grow as characters. Thorne is hilarious and I’m so glad we go to see more of him. His witty come backs and one liners were also there to deliver a little lightheartedness to an otherwise dire and serious situation. Iko and Thorne had me giggling nearly everything they showed up.

The story is fast paced and full of new info and action.Meyer deftly fleshes out characters and bonds all the while advancing her overall plot in a believable and gripping way. I can’t really say what’s going on without having spoilers, but I’m definitely glad to see that everything is building up to a head now and I can’t wait to see more of Winter in book four. We get to see a bit of her in this one and it seems like her point of view is going to be really different.


4.5 Stars

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6 Responses to Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

  1. Christy says:

    Agreed. She did a wonderful job with the characters. This whole book was great. At least now you don’t have to wait as long for the next book.

  2. Lauren says:

    Great review! I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series!

  3. I couldnt get into the first but great to hear you enjoy and it was fast paced

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