Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles
Published February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
Genre: young adult, science fiction, fairytale retelling, romance
Overall rating: 4/5★
In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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 prevent her army from invading Earth.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
Cress is the fairytale retelling of Rapunzel, but instead of being locked in a tower on earth, she is stuck on a satellite in space. Cress is an extremely talented hacker who had been working for Queen Levana for years. After being stranded in space for so long with minimal contact with other humans, she naturally is socially awkward making her adorable and easy to love.
One thing I enjoyed immensely was that the females are empowering and extremely skilled individually. Like how Cinder is a great mechanic and Scarlet is a skilled pilot, Cress is one of the best hacker out there. Without the males, it would have made their journey very arduous. Thorne is extremely charming, and Wolf is very wolf-ish and moody.
Since we are introduced to more characters after each book, the actions and adventures never stop. The book took me into the world, and I forget about time all together. I spent half the day just reading Cress, and it was glorious. The crew kept making me giggle or burst out laughing so many times throughout their journey together. It was amazing, Iko and Thorne are the two most hilarious ones.
While loving their playful banter and growing friendships, the crew faces multiple obstacles and tragedies. (i still can’t believe that happened, their meeting was so fleeting… sobs). There are some dark moments which may be a little grim showing that fairytales aren’t always that dreamy. Also, there’s a very shady and creepy character who was introduced at the end, and I’m intrigued. I can’t wait to pick Winter!
I didn’t give Cress 5 stars because it was still a tad predictable like in Cinder. I also felt that many things fall into place very conveniently which took away a little aspect in the book for me. However, the quality and uniqueness in every character were brought out brilliantly and so hence a 4 stars rating.
I don’t know why I waited so long to start reading the Lunar Chronicles, if you have yet to, PUT EVERYTHING DOWN AND PICK UP CINDER RIGHT NOW. YOU JUST HAVE TO!
Let me know what you think about Cress!
“She deserved it, the snake. After keeping my little golden bird locked up in her cage for so long.”
(my aesthetic for cress)