Friday, 25 April 2014

Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Release Date: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
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Goodreads Summary

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, 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 her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned 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 just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

In this book we’re introduced to a new character called Cress who is imprisoned in a satellite near the moon by Sybil the right hand girl to Levena the Lunar queen. Cress is a fairy-tale adaptation of Rapunzel what with being imprisoned away from people (or aliens for this matter) where she’s all by herself and has long blonde hair. But apart from those two factors nothing else reminds me of Rapunzel. I wish that Marissa Meyer worked a little bit harder to edge that fairy tale into the book like she did with Cinder.

I was rather annoyed that a new character was being introduced when Cinder was around and most of the attention should have been focused on her instead of introducing another girl. I was already in love with Cinder I think she’s a great female character who doesn’t take any horse crap; and then there’s Scarlet who’s even more badass and isn’t scared of pretty much anything who’s determined to get what she wants and then there’s Cress. Cress is a damsel in distress, who is scared of pretty much everything. She is the total opposite of the rest of the characters which isn’t initially a terrible thing but makes her so much more annoying. Not only does she believe in falling in love with Captain Thorne who she hasn’t met (can’t blame a girl for falling in love with a celebrity) but then she can’t exactly take care of herself like she should; and she always needed to reassure herself and make up a different scenario in order for her to cope with the stress.
Aside from that the book was brilliant.

Cress is awaiting her rescue while things go wrong and Sybil finds out about this; attacking Cinder and the gang leaving Captain Thorne and Cress aboard the satellite that’s about to crash into Earth. Scarlet is stuck on the moon being tortured for being human, Cress and Thorne the pilot of their ship is about to die, Wolf has been shot and is also about to die and things aren’t exactly looking too hopeful for Cinder and her friends. After surviving the crash Cress and Thorne are rescued by some humans and brought into a town where Cress ends up being sold to no one other than the good doctor who helped Cinder. Reuniting the whole gang together. Giving them the advantage of being able to break into the palace, kidnap the emperor and stop his wedding.

But nothing would have made this book any better than crushing my sprit right before taking off with the emperor and having everything sorted out. Lunars can now get the plague; and the good doctor himself develops the early stages of it while in the palace. Having to leave him behind goodbyes are made where he confesses to Cress that he’s her father. And seriously their goodbye and confession made me cry buckets. I could not even look at this book afterwards I had to put it in the freezer as a punishment for breaking me! Just when everything was going right and Cress was about to get her father back he had to go and die. God damn it. 


  1. Cress is a damsel in distress? But I think there was more to that, right? You loved the book! I haven't started this series yet, so I definitely skipped your spoilers. Awesome review, Paulina!

  2. Yeah. There is much more to it then that but I didn't want to retell the story in the review. You need to check it out it's amazing!

  3. Since I'm now used to a new character per book being introduced, I was rather looking forward to meeting Cress! Her character was so well done! She's a damsel in distress but there's also so much more to her! I found her copying mechanisms so much fun!
    Great review, Paulina! I cannot wait for Winter!

  4. For me it was the opposite. I was hoping to see more of Cinder. She's still my favourite character and even though I knew that Cress was going to be introduced I was still hoping that Cinder would be shown more. Although the relationship between Thorne and Cress was the cutest thing ever!


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