Cress (The Lunar Chronicles)

Marissa Meyer
In this third book in Marissa Meyer's bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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 prevent her army from invading Earth.Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she'd ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


Reviewed: 2018-09-28
Where to even begin...I failed to write a review of Scarlet, for no other reason than I simply had to get my hands on this book! I also was able to get my hands on 2 of the 3 novellas (Glitches and The Queen's Army), both of which are worth reading before Cress. Now I just need to find the Little Android.

This story continues with all the qualities I have loved in the previous books. While the fairy tale elements are present they have definitely take more of a backseat as the story grows and develops and I continue to be trapped in a state of AAAAHH moments, jaw dropping moments and heart racing moments. Ultimately this book is all about these fabulous characters. The plus for me with a series (when done as well as MM has done here) is that we know these characters already and their actions and emotions affect us all the more strongly. While Cress is new here (only slightly introduced in Cinder), she arrives on the scene and is immediately loved. Overall, our beloved characters are just familiar and grow naturally. MM does a remarkable job with the wit, humor and banter that comes from our characters in a way that seems real without being cliche or cheesy. This review could include some of my favorite lines in this book, but I am sure copying entire chapters into this review would be frowned upon...just read it already! :)

First off, our lovely Cinder, while strong, clearly is struggling with her abilities and how using those abilities will affect herself moving forward. Ultimately I believe in her and buy the doubts and her emotional fear that she will turn into the evil Levana. She is developing into a such a leader and gaining the well deserved respect of her comrades. I love her relationship with Wolf and Thorne, who I really see as her brothers at this point and their love for each other, while not stated is felt.

Kai, while not present for much of the book, starts to come around, although I have to admit his scenes frustrated me the most. I love Kai, but get a grip boy...put on your big boy britches and let's go! Ultimately the combination of his attributes with Cinder will be powerful!

Wolf, while still strong, is just a lost puppy in this one and I love it! I love strong men who can be emotional wrecks at the same time. While he has gained the trust of those around him, I love that they understand that he is this ticking timebomb who may need to be taken down at any moment and while they love him, they are not afraid to do so.

I am just not sure what to think about sweet Scarlet. I feel for her and am just at a loss for words over her situation. But Scarlet, like Cinder is strong and will persevere.

Iko, God love her! She is just about the cutest thing ever! I just do not even know what to say about her. The reaction to her gift was priceless!

As I mentioned, Cress is our new princess of sorts, and enters the story in a way that we feel like she has been with us all along. She is just a true beauty and romantic. The fairy tale for her has been in her head for so long, longing for her prince to arrive and save her.

"Because if there was one thing Cress knew about heroes, it as that they could not resist a damsel in distress."

She played the damsel in distress well (in her head) but the turn of events flips that story on it's head. And then there is Thor...

Oh...did I say Thor, I mean Thorne! :D Geez how could you not love this guy!!! He is charming, whitty, bashful, heroic and just all around fabulous and by far he has some of the best lines in the book. I love how his condition fails to distract him from being the guy he has always been and his relationship with Cress is just...well...

And finally, I loved being introduced to who I can only assume to be Snow White (aka Winter) and her prince charming, Jacin. While we only get glimpses of Winter, her character is strong and charmingly nuts and her relationship with Scarlet is one I am eager to see developed further. I also loved Jacin's interactions with Cinder...and the unveiling of her identity to him is quite interesting....hmmmm.

I have heard that Winter is expected to be a long book and as far as I am concerned the conclusion to this series could not be long enough...bring on that 1000 page read!

On a side note, my daughter (who is 13) purchased Cinder last night! I am so excited for her to read these! :D
Reviewed: 2018-05-07
What.Just.Happened?!?! I just read Cress and it is now in my top five favorite books. I could not put this book down. It is seriously addicting and I had to continue until I finished it. This series is so great and I feel like it’s only going to get better. I hope! In this book we meet Cress who is a Lunar shell that has been a prisoner on a satellite for seven years. We did meet her briefly in Cinder through the D-COMM that was attached to Emperor Kai’s android, Nainsi. But like I said that was briefly and that’s the only other encounter of her that I remember. Cress was sent to the satellite by Sybil the thaumaturge, to spy and hack leaders on Earth for Queen Levana. Sybil checks on her often to see how her progress is going in finding Cinder. Cress is crazy for anything Earthen and does a lot of research on people of Earth. She loves to sing and is a sap for romance. Cinder is still trying to figure out a plan to avoid Queen Levana from becoming empress. She’s also making a lot of progress with her powers so she can overthrow Levana. Cress comes into the story because she wants to help Cinder. We get to see all the characters from the previous two books but I felt like we didn’t get to see Scarlet as much. I was really hoping to see her relationship with Wolf grow but we really didn’t get that in this book. I don’t want to give anything away but she does get separated from the rest of the group so we get to read some of her parts but not as much as the others. We also get to see a relationship between Thorne and Cress and it is just the sweetest thing. He’s basically her celebrity crush and it’s adorable to see them together. Queen Levana is still evil, evil, evil!!! We get introduced to Princess Winter very briefly so I’m excited to read about her next. Cress is my favorite character so far! She’s adorable and tiny and so fragile and innocent and I never want to see her get hurt. EVER! Her and Thorne are so cute. She’s done so much research on him, as he is very popular as a fugitive, and she’s madly in love with him. I love her obsession with Earth. She has never seen, in person, trees or rivers of that sort and it’s fascinating to see her fascination with it all. I can not wait to read Winter and continue the story!
Reviewed: 2017-12-07
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Marissa Meyer is a genius.
Not only does she come up with an amazing plot, full of twists and surprises, but each character addition to this series is absolutely phenomenal. I truly and sincerely care for each one and I am totally wrapped up in all of their stories.
Cress is a fantastic new character and Marissa Meyer wrote her just right. Since Cress has been locked up in a satellite for so many years, naturally she's very naive. Usually I cannot stand naive characters, but Cress was delightful and innocent in a way that made me feel for her and encourage her to take the right steps to become a more natural fit in society for her age. I honestly just wanted to give her a big hug and wished I could jump right into the book to help her... But good thing we have Carswell Thorne for that.
Oh, Thorne. I don't know what I can say to emphasize just how much I love him. He's funny, strong, brave, supportive, and yet has that dash of arrogance that mixes so well with his charm. Thorne has my heart, what can I say? Major swoon points.
I actually really enjoyed getting to see Cinder in the spotlight again in Cress. I felt like Scarlet took the front seat in Scarlet (well, naturally) and I didn't feel like Cinder had a really big presence there. Cinder's leadership in Cress was exactly what I needed to just reconnect with her character again and remember how I fell in love with The Lunar Chronicles in the first place.

The only bad thing is... I finished Cress in September and I'm already CRAVING Winter. And Cress doesn't even get officially published until February. This is gonna be a looooong wait.

Another standing ovation for Marissa Meyer! The Lunar Chronicles already had a very special place in my heart, but Cress sealed the deal in making this one of my top favorite series of all time.

I had TONS of Cress feels! Looking for a full review? (Yes, there's even more!) Check out my blog at The Book Addict's Guide!
Reviewed: 2016-07-26
Best book in the series and I can't wait for the next one. Love these kinds of ensemble casts and the fairytale story elements are really clever. Can't wait for the next book and am glad I only have to wait a month. Would recommend.
Reviewed: 2016-06-07
This book was better than Scarlet and I really loved how everything was intertwined and came together. I have just enjoyed this series so much and am so sad I have to wait until November to read the next!
Reviewed: 2016-02-19

Cress is Marissa Meyer's masterful retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale, and 3rd in her Lunar Chronicles series. Once again it was amazing to see the blending of the old, original fairy tale with Meyer's New Age Fantasy world building, and I can't wait to read the 4th book Winter!

The 3rd book completes all the prep work for the plan to overthrow Queen Levana. All of the major characters are brought together, and you can see where the plotlines are leading to one epic conclusion in the fourth book. I loved the bit of twist in the story between Dr. Erland and Crescent, and felt that really tied up the character development for both individuals. The author has done a wonderful job of tying all the books together, you can read from the end of one right into the next one without any drop in excitement or slowing of the story. Meyer's did it again at the end of this one, and even though I haven't purchase Winter yet, I can already see the beginning of that one at the end of this one. 

Some of the tidbits I loved that carried over from the original story include the name of Thorne's ship, Rampion, is actually the name of the flower from the Grimm story. I would also think the naming or Thorne is in reference to the thorns that blinded the prince in the climax of the original tale. 

I give this a 100% recommendation for any fantasy fans, for anyone still looking for their Prince Charming, and even those that dream of being someones Prince Charming. I know that I am far from the target audience, and I have loved the entire series!  

Reviewed: 2015-08-26
What?! That ending. I need Winter now!
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