Book Review: CRESS by Marissa Meyer




Publication Date: February 4, 2014
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.


My Thoughts:

I love this series. If you’ve been keeping up with my books, then you know that I’m a big fan of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. Ever since I read Scarlet, book 2, a couple months ago I’ve been dying for Cress. I tried everything I could find to snag an ARC of the book.

I finally succeeded. It resulted in me stalking my mailbox for almost two weeks.

I didn’t know what to expect with Cress being the 3rd book in a quartet. Would there be tons of no-action-filler-content? Thankfully, I didn’t have to worry about middle book syndrome from Cress. There is hardly a break in the action!

My favorite thing about the series is how we’re introduced to a new female character each book. Cress is a take on Rapunzel and she may be my new favorite. Whereas Cinder and Scarlet were tough-kick-butt girls, Cress is AWK-WARD. Granted, she has been locked away since childhood, so it is understandable. However, her awkward, normal personality easily made her the most likable to me so far.

As for the guys, Thorne became my favorite in Scarlett and his actions in Cress just make me love him even more. Good job, Captain!

I don’t want to say too much about the storyline because I don’t want to spoil it, but the plot moves quickly. This is the largest book in the series at almost 600 pages, but I never felt overwhelmed at the length because I was completely absorbed in the action. I needed to know what was going to happen next. Were they going to overthrow Levana? Was Kai going to go through with the wedding? I NEEDED to know. Of course, we still have Winter coming out next year, so I don’t want to spoil that.

You may notice that I didn’t mention anything about Scarlet’s character. In the words of River Song, “Spoilers…”

Pick up Cress immediately if you’re a fan of this series! Otherwise, do yourself a favor and read Cinder ASAP so that you can get to know this original story!


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