Title: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
On the Shelves: Young Adult> Fantasy/Fiction>Retellings
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” (Goodreads 2014)
I picked up Cress on the Friday night, and finished it on the Saturday. Oh my god. The Lunar Chronicles series is one of very few series which, so far, has been entirely rated 5 stars on every book in the series. The attention to the characters, the world building and especially how these characters all interact with each other has not been lost in the growing plots of Cress/The Lunar Chronicles, and with every book the series grows in strength.
Cress, the third book in this brilliant fantasy series (I refuse to call it “dystopian” because… it isn’t dystopian), picks up with Cinder and Scarlet, along with Wolf and Thorne, preparing to crash the wedding of Levana to Emperor Kai- when they intercept our friend from the original book, Cress- a servant of the Queen, trapped in her satellite, working as a hacker for the Lunar Army, and she wants to be rescued. Stuff happens though and Cress could probably be given the tag line of “the one where nothing goes according to plan…at all”.
Cress as a character is very different to that of our other heroines, Cinder and Scarlet. Cinder being quite serious, confident and brave. Scarlet having some anger management issues and a stereotypical fiery temper to match her hair, along with a fierce determination and loyalty to her family and friends. Cress on the other hand, is timid, unsure of herself and a big ball of anxiety under all of her long hair. Which makes sense since she has been isolated for seven years in her satellite.
Throughout this book we see plenty of action, adventure, sci-fi, drama, romance (CINDER AND KAI YES THANK YOU MEYER!) all of which are written in a good balance and pace throughout the book. There is not very much I can talk about as I want this review to remain spoiler free. But if you have enjoyed the series so far, then all you need to know is that Cress is just as brilliant as the first two books.
So Cress’ tag line was “Save Cress”, all we have to do now is wait for the fourth and final book, Winter to save Scarlet, Winter, and you know…Earth. No pressure!