Cress // Review

Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
No. of pages: 550, Paperback
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Date Read: May 6, 2018
– Third book in The Lunar Chronicles


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. (Goodreads)


In continuation of my Lunar binge, I still really can’t believe I have been sleeping on this series. It’s like every book gets better in some way. Whether it’s just the continuing plot, or because the complications get more complex, or because the relationships just get written better. Y’all. This is definitely a series that I would totally recommend.

So. Cress. Cress is based on Rapunzel in the fact that she: A) has super long hair, B) is hidden away by herself away from others, C) has a motherly-figure who treats her horribly, and D) gets rescued by a hero-ly character (I use hero-ly loosely here because Thorne in Cress’s eyes is a hero). But nothing about this story is close to the originally fairytale. There a crashing satellite, a fake marriage, a few kidnappings, a traitor, a reunion, and a death. So much happens in this book which I think is going to set up the last book pretty nicely.

The thing I loved most about Cress, as a character, was that she wasn’t as naïve as everyone kept treating her. Like, she was, but she wasn’t. I feel like they tended to treat her as fragile because she had no human contact other than the thurmatauge for seven years. But, she was a hacker who could keep her own. Her coping techniques for getting through situations probably weren’t the best way to handle things, but then again, she had been by herself, so yeah, I can see having to have a pretty good imagination to be able to keep sane.

One of the things I loved about the book itself was that the action never tended to stop. It wasn’t like ACTION, but even in the transitions from major scene to major scene, something was happening that was important for the major scenes.

Overall, I really liked this book. I think from Cinder to Cress, the writing and the plot lines are starting to lengthen and it’s a good growth that you can see in Meyer’s writing. While I’m writing this, I HAVE currently started Winter, and I’m excited to see how Cress helps to set it up.

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