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Title: Cress

Author: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 592

Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (January 27, 2015)


In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, 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, 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 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 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.    5/5 Stars 

Warning: This review is for book 3 of The Lunar Chronicles. I don’t speak too much about events in the other book but it’s possible something could be a spoiler if you’ve not read Cinder and Scarlet first.

 I love the way Meyers weaved elements from the original story of Rapunzel into this. Wandering through wastelands and the blindness of her “prince” all find their way into Cress. Meyer’s also gave everyone a hint at who Thorne would be paired with via his name, as in the original story Rapunzel’s prince is blinded by thorns (again her thoughtful planning of this series shines). I admit Thorne and Cress did not have the same chemistry for me that the two previous couples do, but this did not diminish my enjoyment to any great extent.




5. References to Classic Literature

Someone pulls out their inner Theodore Lawrence by promising the kiss someone else before they die. LOVE IT.

Bonus points for referencing Little Women!

Bonus points for referencing Little Women.


4. Meeting the Heroine Of The Next Book “Winter”

Winter is Queen Levana’s stepdaughter and we get a peek into her character towards the end of the book.



I'll leave it at that.

I’ll leave it at that.


3. Kai Being An Awesome Leader

Despite nastiness hitting the proverbial fan from all sides, he is at one point inspired to make a huge and unpopular decision by questioning the justice of at least one practice taking place in the Eastern Commonwealth and putting an end to it.

Well done, sir!

Well done, sir!

2. Wedding Crashers!!!

My only thought at the start of this book was that I better get one hell of a crashed wedding by the end. There are a few parallels to the The Princess Bride here, including the fact that both Levana and Prince Humperdink planned on ridding them selves of their new spouse sooner or later.

Jacin had as much faith in Cinder as Miracle Max did in Wesley.

Jacin had as much faith in Cinder as Miracle Max did in Wesley.

1. The Reunion 

Two of the three couples are separated for much of Cress. By the end one of them is reunited. Tender, awkward, and swoony. It was everything I wanted it to be. Best of all it allows them to start out the next book in the same place!

I approve of this ending.

I approve of this ending.

With Cress this continued to be a fun and winning series and I’m really looking forward to the release of Winter in November 2015.