Cress is the third book in Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles series and a retelling of Rapunzel. Fair warning that this will have spoilers if you haven’t read the first book Cinder and the second book Scarlet which you can read my reviews for here and here.
Cress—a shy Lunar hacker—risked everything when she warned Cinder of Queen Levana’s plan. Now she needs Cinder’s help, rescuing her from the satellite she’s been imprisoned on since childhood—with only her netscreens as company.
Cinder, Throne, Wolf, and Scarlet’s attempt to rescue Cress goes awry and the group is separated. Cress may have gotten her freedom—and some time with the cute Captain Thorne—but a trip through the dessert is not what she imagined. Meanwhile, Levana is relentless in her plan to marry Emperor Kai.
Like I said in my other reviews, I completely binged this series. Cress was a great followup and I actually liked it more than Scarlet—even though all my favorite characters were separated.
Again, the story is told through multiple point of views. I didn’t really mind it, especially since Cress was such a great new character. Plus, Meyer’s writing is so clean and easy that the switch is never confusing. I could’ve done without the Scarlet point of view parts just because I felt they were a little boring, but it definitely seems like they’re leading up to the next book.
I loved Cress. She’s a Lunar shell—meaning she can’t be controlled by Lunars—and has lived on a satellite most of her life. She’s a little awkward, nervous, and shy—understandable because she hasn’t been socialized. I thought it was cute that Cress sometimes pretends to be a different person—like she’s an actress—to get through situations she’s unfamiliar with. She’s also a hacker. Cress can literally break into and control anything electronic, it’s super badass of her. Her personality is so different than Cinder and Scarlet and I found it very refreshing.
Even before she meets him, Cress has a crush on Throne—she sees him as a hero. They end up being very dependent on each other in this book, and their relationship develops in a very interesting way because of it. We see a totally different side of Thorne in Cress. Yes, he still cracks jokes and flirts but he also ends up being a lot more serious and responsible.
“I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed.”
Wolf was moody and depressed throughout most of the book. I found it frustrating and it really made me not want to read about him.
Like always, I loved reading the Cinder sections in Cress. We see a different side of her as she experiences a lot of doubt in this book—without her crew she doesn’t think she can do the rebellion.
Dr. Erland reappears in this book, he’s the one that told Cinder she was the Selene. I was never his biggest fan, personality wise he never did anything for me. Cinder was supposed to meet him in Africa right after her escape, and we get to see what he’s been doing there without her. It’s pretty interesting, and we learn some cool but scary new things about the plague.
Kai is really struggling to rule. His wedding to Levana is imminent at this point. Obviously I want him to be with Cinder, but I love how he acts based on what’s best for his country rather than what he wants personally. It really makes him his own character instead of just being there to be a love interest. That being said, him having Cinder’s foot on his desk and still thinking about her is super sweet and cute.
A new character were introduced to in this book is Jacin. He’s a Lunar that ends up on Cinder’s ship, and it’s very difficult to tell whose side he’s on.
This book was so good, my favorite in the series so far—mainly because of Cress. You can find it on Amazon and the author Marissa Meyer at marissameyer.com. Give it a read and let me know what you think in the comments. Plus leave recommendations for my next book!