WARNING: This review is regarding the third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cress, and is may contain spoilers for the first two books in the series. If you have not read Cinder and Scarlet, I suggest you read those first and come back to see my thoughts :)
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, 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 her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned 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 just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
Loved it! The series keeps getting better and better.
While I was reading Cress, I couldn’t help but note the similarities between the original Rapunzel fairytale (Yes I know it’s a fairytale retelling), but despite the book being a part of the series, I love how it has that fairytale element to it as well.
The book is quite quickly paced, but it does have the right amount of action, romance and character development melded into the story arc. It’s not rushed, either. The story arc is well written, and we see get to see how crucial each character is to the plot. During Scarlet, I remember being confused as to how the two different story arcs were connected, but with Cress, I didn’t really have this problem at all.
I wasn’t sure about the introduction of Cress’ character at first, but she really does develop as a character, and I did come to love her. She’s so sweet and adorable, but also extremely smart with the computer programming skills of hers. And her relationship with Captain Thorne is also very endearing. Before Cress I was a bit annoyed at Thorne, but now, I think that he’s the perfect hero for Cress. We also see the other characters becoming united as a unstoppable forcer, and yet we still get to see each character develop into something awesome.
Overall, Marissa Meyer continues to blow my mind with how fantastic her writing is. Cress is definitely my favourite in this series so far, and I’m extremely stoked to see what Winter will have in store.