Cress by Marissa Meyer

(The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication: January 27th, 2015 by Square Fish
Page count: 552 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Science Fiction

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.

I’m late to party but wow, Cress is the best installment of the Lunar Chronicles so far! I liked the first book enough, yet sadly found the second book to be less interesting than expected. However, Cress still piqued my interest because I had hopes for this series’s abundant amount of potential.

The titular character was briefly introduced in Cinder, and yet finally in this installment finally are we able to get to know her better. Cress, with the character being locked up in a satellite miles away from Earth, is meant to be a retelling of Rapunzel, though obviously with Meyer’s original twists that I’m always looking forward to. Compared to Scarlet, Cress was packed with more actions and development. Not a single turn of events left me yawning.

Cress was too naive for my taste but I’ve come to appreciate her presence a little more. Unfortunately, I failed to see the base of romance between Cress and her love interest. I just couldn’t understand how they come to love each other even if the answer’s crystal clear. The tension was lacking and I was indifferent toward every romantic progress they experienced. But to be frank, I was probably too busy swooning over the little interactions Cinder had with Kai *exerts dreamy sighs*

brb fangirling

When all the characters got together, they were all very distinguishable. Iko with her bubbly personality. Wolf with his quiet and mysterious demeanor. Thorne with this vain act he always puts on but is actually reliable on the inside. Cress and her imaginations. Cinder and Kai — both had admirable sense of responsibility and I’m definitely rooting for these two the most out of the many pairings in this series. Their romance was mature and far from being hasty. I just want them to be happy is this too much to ask for?

I’m also glad because the political aspect seemed to be given more importance in this book. The ending left me in a curious state as how they’re going to beat the evil queen and whether their plan is going to be successful or not. The next prominent character of the series, Winter, was briefly seen in this installment and I cannot wait to see what roles she has in the upcoming rebellion.


18 thoughts on “Cress by Marissa Meyer”

  1. I completely agree with everything you’ve said here Kezia. I love how the books are just getting more and more complex and how the sense of urgency is higher than ever. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ♥
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    1. True! Cress is indeed more superior than its predecessors. I heard that Winter is going to be 800+ page long I CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT ASFSFGHSJDKSL. I’m so curious as how Marissa Meyer is going to end her series.

  2. I really liked Cress also! I actually liked her as a character because I felt she was quite dynamic. Paired with Thorne, they were pretty much Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled, with their personalities.

    Plot was wild! In Cinder, it was really straightforward and I loved how things weren’t as clear cut in Cress!

    Lovely review.
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    1. Cress did grow on me though. She’s a very imaginative person. But I still prefer Cinder for some reasons haha. I just made the comparison to Tangled and WOW, you are right! xD I can’t believe I didn’t notice this before *facepalms*

    1. I saw someone on tumblr posting a sneak peek of chapter 4 from Winter and they say it’s about Cinder and Kai and I. just. melted. ;A;

  3. Nice review! I think I ship Cress and Thorne the most though because they’re the cute dorks in the group although their romance needs to be developed some more!

    I can’t wait to see Princess Winter (and ship her with grouchy Jacin because dang does he adore her)

    1. Omg, yes I ship Winter with Jacin as well! I can’t believe that I ship them already, since Jacin says he’s only loyal to her afdsgdhdsljfkdsjfkdg WINTER WILL BE AWESOME I WANT THE BOOK NOW <333

  4. I love these books SO SO MUCH. I cannot even…gah! The world building and the intense plot threads are so amazing and I love how all these little things tie together. IKO FTW THOUGH, I SAY. x) The part where she got her body (finally!) was the best. I loved Cress, even though she was naive. I think it was kind of…refreshing?! Just at least it was different from Cinder/Scarlet. I think Scarlet is still my favourite. XD
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    1. Speaking of Scarlet there was so little of her in this book it almost makes me sad 🙁 Poor, poor Wolf. I cringed at the part where they did THAT to her oh my god.

  5. I STILL HAVE YET TO READ THIS! I only ended up finishing Scarlet, but I didn’t continue it yet, BUT NOW I WANT TO 🙁 I love your review! I’m sort of sad to hear that the romance didn’t do well. It’s always the romance I’m a little afraid of in books (generally) because they tend to ruin things up. Hopefully when I read this, it works well with me! Thanks for the review Kezia 🙂
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    1. Aw, I hope you’ll enjoy this, Jillian! <33 Yeah, I admit I was a bit sad when I found out that I didn't love the romance as much as everyone. But Cress was an amazing book nonetheless 😀

  6. I have to agree with the Thorne and Cress pairing, because I honestly think that Thorne and Cinder make a better, or just more plausible pair! Hahah. But then again I don’t really know much of Kai. ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE LAST BOOK IN THE SERIES? 😀 😀
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    1. Hahahha I can see your point! xD Especially since Thorne and Cinder spend the whole Scarlet together ^^ But my OTP will always be Cinder and Kai <33

      YES I'M SUPER EXCITED. I can't believe it's not November yet because I'm so thirsty already. Thirsty for more sci-fi fairy tale awesomeness <33

  7. You touched on my very favorite thing about these books, all of the characters are so unique! Too bad about the Cress romance but if the Cinder/Kai one was good, I can’t complain ;D

    1. ooooh yes! CinderxKai was so adagdsahgsjahdkss THE TENSION. THE CHEMISTRY. I’M DEAD.

      A happy ending for these two together, please, Marissa Meyer.

  8. Cress was my favorite of the series, too! And I think, of them all, Winter is going to be my favorite character. 😛 I really love Scarlet because she’s fierce, and I love Cinder because she’s so smart, but I think Winter will be my favorite. I like that Cress is true to what her character should be, though. I mean, if you were locked up in a satellite for your formative years you might be a bit naive and immature too!

    I’m really excited for Winter, though. 😀 I know it’ll be fantastic.
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    1. Ah, I agree with your point. Cress is my least liked character of all three but I can see why she has become the was she is now. I’m so curious about Winter! She seems a little crazy but I’m pretty sure she’s a good one deep down ;D

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