Review: Cress by Mariss Meyer

February 3, 2014 5 stars, Book Review 18 ★★★★★

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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.

Oh Cress, you have captured my heart – with your whimsical ways, unexpected feisty-ness, romantic heart and unwavering imagination. Without a doubt no other heroine in The Lunar Chronicles series thus far have I connected with so keenly.

In this third installment of Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles, we meet yet another re-imagined fairytale heroine, Cress. She is the modern day Rapunzel, trapped not in a tower but a lonely satellite orbiting the Earth. Isolated from from any other soul, her only company an A.I. programmed to be the likeness of her 10 year old self from some 7 years ago.

We first met Cress in the first book, when she warned Cinder of Queen Levana’s treachery. While she is Lunar, she has no lunar gift and is what they term a ‘shell.’ Perhaps thats one of the reasons she can sympathize with the Earthens because she has no powers, but shells can’t be controlled like Earthens can so there is still a difference there.  Cress spends much of her time monitoring Earth, keeping tabs on Cinder and her crew and trying to make contact with them.  When she finally does things race off to a fantastic start and the pace barely lets up for the rest of the 500+ pages.

There are twists and turns and little surprises in store for us readers and perhaps a smidge of heart ache. As many already expected, there is a new romance budding, and I do have to say I love the way this one developed. In a way I would say Cress grew up and out of her childish naivete and yet grew into her feelings.  Now, I have to share my favorite quote of the books because well it was just too flipping funny.

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“Listen, Cress, I hate to break this to you, but I am sweaty and itchy and haven’t brushed my teeth in two days. This just isn’t a good time for romance.” – pg 204
Is there EVER really a BAD time for romance? I dare say there never is! And personally I’m usually not a fan of romance at all, but the way Marissa Meyer writes it I can’t help but soak up every bit of it. I have loved every thing about this series since the day I first set eyes on the cover of Cinder. There never seems to be a word wasted for me and I was glad that this latest book was so considerably thicker than the last two because it gave her the opportunity to really delve deeper into the story considering that there were now three leading heroines & heroes to account for a long with the main story arc. The Lunar Chronicles has that age old magic feeling you got as a child reading or watching your very first fairytales but melded with a technologically advanced age of science fiction that creates an entirely new experience that book teens and adults can’t help but enjoy.

Cress left me clamoring for more and aching for a time machine so I can get my hands on the last book Winter all the sooner.

Read my review of Cinder

Read my review of Scarlet

Read my interview with Marissa Meyer

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

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18 Responses to “Review: Cress by Mariss Meyer”

  1. Wendy Darling

    The only time I’ve been irritated by ill-timed romance (I mean, aside from the dumb books, you know what I’m saying) is in AFTERTIME, because there are zombies and everyone is really, really, really filthy and gross, and yet there are sexy times. I couldn’t stop going ewwwww, which is not really the feeling you want to have with romance. 😛

    Oh, you were talking about CRESS! Hee hee. I am SO excited to start this one soon. I finally read SCARLET last month and thought it was fantastic, and the general consensus seems to be that this one is even better! So glad you loved it. I’m ready for more Thorne and Wolfe and the girls.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      That is exactly my point – sometimes it just doesn’t make SENSE! But then at other times I could totally see it happening. But I think this line just puts it in perspective perfectly. If you were delirious and what not I think I would be thinking oddball things about someone else’s lips as well. hehe.

      Thorne is just well yes I love him and Wolf as well. Kai is ok maybe he’s redeemed himself a smidge in this one in my eyes but I’m still all for Wolf and Thorne. hehe

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Hmm I really liked Wolf he made the sequel for me. Pretty much I’ve loved all of the books thus far but I do think this one is probably the strongest next to Cinder, possibly more so. But then…I’m in love with the series. You’ll love how she does Rapunzel!

  2. Kelley (Another Novel Read)

    Great review! I have to agree with you that Cress is just absolutely adorable. One of the best heroines ever. ^_^ I love that quote from Thorne, too. God, I’ve never shipped a fictional couple (nor used the term “shipped” in my life) as much as I do Cress and Thorne!! <3
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      • Kelley (Another Novel Read)

        LOL! Okay, so apparently “shipping” is when a fan is rooting for the relationship (“ship”) between two characters. Honestly, I don’t like the term (hence why I never use it), but everyone else does so I got kinda used to seeing it on twitter! So basically in my comment up there, I was saying how I’m actually rooting for Cress & Thorne to be (and stay) together. Sorta like the fanfic term “OTP” (one true pairing), I guess?
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        • Tabitha the Pabkins

          Ehh! Ok yah..hating the term already – can’t the crazies just say they are rooting for them? I guess all slang has to start somewhere! *gags a little*…since I guess rooting would be considered slang as well. NONE THE LESS! terrible term.

          You’re joshing me right? Now I’m going to try to come up with all sorts of slang that I do know muuuwhahah

        • Tabitha the Pabkins

          Oh yes and by the way – I’m totally hope they get together too – but hey these are fairytale retellings they are going to get together or I’m going to eat a moldy gym sock.

        • Tabitha the Pabkins

          I freaking love crazy Winter already! And come on Jacin yeah if anyone doesn’t see that coming …. Now we can live in torment for another year *weeps*

          All the feels ….errr ahhh ouch and yeah just no, no. Sometimes I don’t understand where this stuff comes from. It’s times like these that make me feel old….

          • Kelley (Another Novel Read)

            Oh my gosh, me too. She’s such an interesting character already and we barely saw a glimpse of her!

            LOL feeling old… At least I’ve found ONE person on the internet that feels the same age as me, when it comes to this stuff! We can be old fogeys together. 😛
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