Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 4th 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon
❝ 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.❞
It seems that every book in the Lunar Chronicles series is even better than the last and Cress is not an exception. This book picks up where Scarlet left off, adding more details to the plot and introducing new characters.
I can’t emphasize enough how original Meyer’s twists on the famous fairy tales are. This book the reader gets introduced to a new character: Cress/Crescent, derived from the fairy tale Rapunzel. Instead of being locked up in a tower, Cress is stuck in a satellite in space, forced to do her master’s bidding. From the very moment Cress was introduced I adored her. She was clumsy and socially awkward due to her imprisonment, but not ignorant at all. Cress being brilliant with technology and a hacker on top of that was a really cool addition that strengthened her character and increased her relevance to the plot. I liked her development throughout the book from unsure and scared to a comfortable and useful addition to Cinder’s team.
I also really liked how I as a reader got to experience a different setting from the previous books: Africa. It was different from the previous books but refreshing in a way. The lost-in-the-desert predicament made for a really interesting subplot
I was really disappointed about Scarlet’s absence, but Meyer kind of made op for that by the sheer amount of information and action we get with each character. Even though the book is called Cress, it was not just about her. I learned more about Thorne, Cinder, Wolf and Kai and got introduced to Princess Winter and Jacin. All the characters are interesting in their own right and vary from each other which created a very interesting dynamic, especially on board the ship. I do think that the relationships are all a little too predictable and convenient: everybody miraculously finds their significant other on the ship and no one is left without a partner, not to mention the fact that all characters are very much straight. However, throughout the series I’ve become really invested in all these couples and love them all. I just hope that the author will do something about it in the next book(s) in the series.
Cress is a brilliant third installment in The Lunar Chronicles. I simply flew through the pages and I’m really looking forward to Winter!