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Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

I zoomed through reading Cress. I can’t. I just can’t. This book, you guys……

Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Title & Author: Cress (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Science Fiction, Retelling

Release Date: February 4, 2014

Series: Lunar Chronicles #3

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

How I Got the Book: ARC from Publisher


“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.”

Stunning Sequel

Marissa Meyer has done it again. Cress is absolutely amazing.

Let’s start off with some basics. Cress is the third book in the Lunar series. Cinder and Scarlet started off the series and blew me away with the imaginative futuristic retellings of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.

This series is similar in structure to the For Darkness Shows the Stars books in that the retellings – while separate – all build up to a linked storyline where the characters from the individual books mesh and meet.

Cress was a retelling of Rapunzel – only in Meyer’s version, she’s a short, long-haired Lunar secluded in a satellite orbiting Earth. Oh, and she’s a super hacker with a huge heart. Although she’s longed for romance and adventure, when she meets the concepts she’s dreamt of her whole life, they look a bit different than she imagined.

Scarlet was more of a companion book – Scarlet and Wolf had their own main story and very few characters were included in from Cinder. While in Cress, it’s a full on sequel mixer where everyone is pulling up a chair and chatting. Well, more like everyone running from Earthen authorities and Lunar royalty.

That exact element is what I loved about this book. I needed the freshness that was brought by new characters and the excitement of seeing my favorite past characters come back in full force. It was a winning combo.

The Magic of the Lunar Chronicles

The true magic of the series lies in Meyer’s storytelling ability. It’s like she wrote the plot without trying to divide it into separate books. There was no lull, no drop in pace and certainly no stop in the number of secrets being revealed.

Plus, Meyer doesn’t seem to care about torturing her fans with killer cliffhangers. Although, it doesn’t bother me a bit. I know I’d read Winter (the fourth and final book of the series) regardless of whether things ended “prettily” in Cress.

While this book is quite long (560 pages), it certainly didn’t read that way. I zoomed through and wanted to kick myself at the end for reading it so quickly.

My favorite things about Cress:

  • More intrigue between Cinder and Kai
  • Cress and her lovable innocence
  • Iko returning as the hilarious robot/voice-of-the-Rampion sidekick
  • The subtle meeting of the next book’s main character
  • Girl power kicking butt 24/7
  • Varying POVs – almost everyone gets a turn

And those were just a few…


I loved everything about this novel. The characters, the setting, the action and especially the romances. Cress is already a standout of the year in my mind. Every book in the Lunar Chronicles has gotten better and better. Cress is a book that should absolutely, 100 percent be on your must-read list of the year.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Lisa Schensted

    YES. My love for this knows no bounds. NONE.