Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

Cress by Marissa Meyer

the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series
published on February 4, 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
fantasy | science fiction |romance

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haven’t read the other books in the series? check out my double review of Cinder and Scarlet!

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 

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 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.

REVIEW

“You know, when I was a kid, I was tricked into thinking that princesses wore tiaras and hosted tea parties. Now that I’ve met a real princess, I must say, I’m kind of disappointed.”

Wit, charm and charisma? This book has it all, folks. In the third installment to the series, we reunite with previous heroes and heroines with a new addition to our league! Cress (Rapunzel) is introduced to us as a hacker–also a damsel in distress. Stuck within a satellite, she longs to be free and to help Cinder, as well as the gorgeous (YES–absolutely gorgeous) Captain Carswell Thorne.

Okay, wait, let’s talk about each of the characters and their development. First we have Cinder and Kai who were introduced to us from the first novel. I really thought that Cinder grew on me in this one–I didn’t love her in Cinder, but now? Freakin’ love her. She really showed that she can be a tough, determined leader who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. And then Kai, her love interest… I still don’t know. In contrast to everyone loving Kai, I kind of think he’s a bit plain and slightly boring. It might just be me… (It’s just like me thinking Prince Maxon’s a snoozefest while everyone gushes over him.)

And then we have Scarlet and Wolf. I loved them in this novel! I guess I got attached to Wolf on this one. He showed a lot of emotion, and he had this really cute side that I wanted to cuddle. His love and care for Scarlet was just amazing. Scarlet was pretty awesome as well! I thought we could’ve had a bit more time with her character, but she was pretty badass in the chapters that featured her. It’s also realistic that she still can’t come to terms with her feelings for Wolf. (But I hope they live happily ever after with a million min-Wolfs.)

There’s also Cress, our new girl, and Thorne (who was introduced in Scarlet, but he had a lot more publicity in this one), my one true love. Cress was cute. And smart. She was a genius, basically, who could work magic with technology. I also liked how she accepted that she was in dire need of help, rather than feeling tough but not showing it. Of course, Thorne was amazing in this one. He was so charismatic and charming, but he also had a soft, more caring side–one of my all-time favorite book boyfriends, maybe.

The plot was just pure genius and the pacing made the book unputdownable. I love, love, love Marissa’s writing and the world she has created. I love how the characters were separated and were individually resourceful and independent enough to survive, finding ways to stop Levana and all those other badass things. There were also a few twists, and maybe they weren’t told in a “shit, didn’t see that coming” way, they were still twists. And I love twists. Or maybe I’m the only clueless one who didn’t see them coming? Oh, well. Better try harder at guessing stuff.

While I basically raved in this review, this one lacked the love I felt for a lot of other books, so I couldn’t really give it 5 stars even if I want to. Maybe it was because of the slow-ish beginning, or how I couldn’t see what’s so good about Kai? I don’t know. Still, this was a pretty entertaining read! If you haven’t read this series yet, go read it now! 

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Other Reviews

1. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence says that Marissa Meyer is a genius and that Cress was a magnificent, flawless story. Check out her review here.

2. Giselle @ Xpresso Reads loved the novel and said that it was her favorite of the series so far! Check out her review here.

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Let’s discuss! Have you read this book? If you have, what did you think of it? If you haven’t, will you be picking it up anytime soon?
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28 thoughts on “Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

  1. YES. I totally agree with you on Kai. He is sooo boring. I’ve been describing him as bland to my sisters, haha. I love Cinder, LOVE Scarlet, and like Cinder. I can’t wait to read WINTER! Great review, Aimee!

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  2. I’ve recently finished Scarlet so I plan to start this one soon! I’m glad it was another great installment! I’m pretty attached to Kai so I hope I won’t be too disappointed by him in this book. But I definitely look forward to seeing more of Thorne! :D Great review!

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  3. I feel ashamed to admit that I still haven’t read this series. I KNOW, I KNOW, I NEED TO. Eeeee.
    Alike you I’m not a fan of Prince Maxon, he’s so flat and well perfect. Haha, when characters are too perfect it’s an issue. So I don’t except to be a huge fan of Kai. But the other characters sound great, I’m particularly interested in Wolf and Scarlet (: Twists are awesome, and the world in which these books are set in sound awesome too.

    Fantastic review Aimee! Reminded me again that I really need to read this series.

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    1. Well then get to it, Larissa! xD Ah, Maxon. My friend just finished reading The Selection and The Elite and was fawning over Maxon *rolls eyes* I really do hope you love Wolf and Scarlet. :D

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  4. I think i’m probably the only person out there that haven’t read this series!

    Okay. I’m exxagerating but still…it feels that way lol. I finally have a copy of Cinder though so I will definitely read this series soon! Lovely review, Aimee!

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  5. I just read another review of this and it was just as positive! They also sad that they thought Kai was kind of bland too lol. I can definitely see where you think that though, and compared to Wolf, I think Kai is pretty boring. But I do love the idea of Cress and Thorne’s characters, and Marissa always seems to deliver on a fantastic plot mixed with great character development :) Fantastic review, Aimee! <33

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  6. Thanks for sharing my review on this one, yes Thorne is one swoony guy! I do agree, Kai is the most boring protagonist of the bunch but he’s a prince and has all that responsibility upon him. His job is to be normal and selfless, I totally ship him and Cinder <3

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  7. Lovely you pretty much had the same sentiments as I had, Aimee! Kai was still bland compared to powerhouses like Wolf and Thorne, but still, you can’t help but appreciate that he is stepping up a little! ;P He’s still far from a favorite though! :D

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  8. Baha! I’m team Maxon and team Kai xD It’s so funny how everyone has different opinions and “teams.” I’m reading Scarlet right now and liking it, it’s a little slow but I can hang in there. This one sounds so great!

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    1. Lol xD Ah, my co-blogger Dyan and I usually fight over this stuff. We differ a lot in “teams.” :D Yeah, these books are kind of slow, but they’re enjoyable once you get into it. :)

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  9. lol I have to admit that my favourite of the three love interests is Kai :P As characters, I prefer Thorne, but Kai wins looking at the three as love interests.
    Can’t wait to see what happens in Winter :D I really hope Marissa is able to tie everything up neatly! It’s going to get so chaotic with so many points of view!

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  10. Hi Aimee!
    I completely get what you’re saying about Kai being boring, but I think he develops throughout the series and he begins to defy some of the laws and norms that he grew up believing were right and attempts to change things which I liked. Plus, I love how he deals (or tries to) with the whole impossible situation with Levana. All those things make me love his character, but I agree with you about how he’s not exactly a great swoony romantic interest, despite the reactions from the characters (Iko!).

    I also loved Thorne in this book! He had me laughing SO MUCH. Practically every thing he said was sarcastic or witty, even sometimes super romantic/cheesy, and I loved it. One of my favorite types of people, he is.

    Eee! I could fangirl about this book all day! Awesome review!

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    1. Kai was such a snoozefest for me, but I’m glad you saw some good in him that I didn’t (and probably won’t, unless he starts growing a funny bone). I really, really felt that he was such a weak character, but I seem to be the only one thinking that, lol!

      Thorne was amazinnnng. He was hilarious and I definitely need my own personal Thorne here at home to keep me company! :D

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