Book Review: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles)

Posted February 8, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

Book Review: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles)Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles,
Published by Macmillan on February 4th 2014
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 412
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 1250053188
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.” ― Marissa Meyer, Cress

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.

The Good…:

What I liked most about this book was how Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne worked together to create a plot to overthrow Levana. This gave the book the feel of a crime caper novel. Actually, it kind of reminded me of that film The Italian Job, but in a dystopian future. Both Cinder and Scarlet are tough cookies, so it was refreshing to see how different Cress was in comparison. She’s wicked smart, but very innocent and naive. Her relationship with Thorne was really cute, and allowed her character to grow up a bit by the events that take place in the book’s climax. I also loved how all the little side stories were tied up to make way for the final showdown that will inevitably take place in Winter, the final book in the series.

The Bad…:

This opinion may not be popular, but I feel that Cress’ story was the weakest of the three fairy tale women. Partly, I think, it has to do with how Cress was taken from her family as a baby, and raised in isolation. However, I really enjoyed this book despite Cress being the weakest link. Thorne is probably my favorite character, and his levity throughout the book strengthened Cress’ scenes.

The main thing that annoyed me was how Cinder blames herself for everything bad that happens. In the beginning it was understandable why she felt this way, but three books later it’s making her a bit unsympathetic. It’s not her powers, or how she’s ben using then that is beginning to make her like Levana, but how she thinks the world revolves around her. The fact that she doesn’t even realize that’s what she’s insinuating when she makes herself responsible for everything that happens to her and her friends is what still allows her to be likable. My hope is that she turns her attitude around in the final book.

Do I Recommend?

Yes, despite the turn for the worse a few characters took in this book, I really loved this book. The action kept the book going from beginning to end, and I was upset when the end finally came. The way Meyer tied up a few of the loose ends were predictable, as they followed the fairy tale genre, but still enjoyable to read.

The final book in The Lunar Chronicles, Winter, comes out on November 10th, so if you haven’t checked out this series, now is the time. Meyer’s latest novella, Fairest, that chronicles Queen Levana’s backstory hit stores last Tuesday, so you have plenty of reading to tie you over until the next book. Happy reading!


Rating Report
Overall: 4.8

About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three demanding cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.


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0 responses to “Book Review: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles)

  1. Great review. I just finished reading this today, so it’s always knowing what other people think. I completely agree. I thought Cress’s storyline was the weakest out of all the three heroines, but I also liked that she was so different from the other two. I know a lot of people think she’s a weak character because of her naiveté, but I thought it was refreshing. (: I really loved Thorne too, but Wolf remains #1 in my heart haha x
    Have a wonderful day!

    • OMG! I love Wolf! I can’t wait for Winter to come out to see how this story wraps up. I will admit Cress’ naiveté was refreshing. I’m reading Fairest right now, and that has not changed my mind about Levana in the least. She’s so horrible! Thanks for letting me know what you thought out my review. Have a great day!

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