Hi everyone! I’m back with another book review!
This is the third instalment to the Lunar Chronicles, and it is just as good as the first two!
There are some spoilers coming up, so if you don’t want to know the details then please stop reading here and come back when you’ve read it.
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
by Marissa Meyer
Edition: Hardcover, 552 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 0312642970 (ISBN13: 9780312642976)
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Literary Awards: Geffen Award Nominee for Best Translated YA Book (2019), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2014)
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 higher 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.
Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”
― Marissa Meyer, Cress
From the very first chapter, we are introduced to a new character, Cress, who has apparently been living in a satellite for years. Cress works for Levana and has been given the task to find Cinder and her very attractive accomplice. This book mainly centres around introducing Cress, but we also get a healthy does of the other characters— Cinder, Kai, Scarlett, Wolf and Iko. This book is a stunning Rapunzel retelling that is every bit as perfect as I expected it to be. A stunning retelling of repunsel This book was packed with action, planning and romance! It was so easy to get swept up into this world and never want to leave.
Let’s talking about the characters. With a fairly big cast of characters, Marissa Meyer does such a good job of giving each character a spotlight throughout the book. The characters are such an integral part of the plot, and they are an absolute joy to follow in this book. Cress is such a great addition to the group. I kind of love the fact that she already had a little crush on Throne even before they officially met.She’s unafraid, soft-hearted and just the most empathetic character out of all the gang. Considering the fact that she has spent most of her childhood living in a satellite, and her only friend is a screen device, she is the kind of character who is up for the challenge. Also, her adoration for planet Earth literally made me “awww” aloud. She must be protected at all costs— by Thorne preferably.
Speaking of Throne, let’s talk about him. I said in my review of Scarlett that I loved Thrope, but this book he was a bit frustrating to be completely honest. I still love his character in general, but the way he was with Cress in the romance department was what made me deduct brownie points from him. If you read Scarlett and thought the romance was slow, then this one would feel even slower.The fact that the first thing Throne says to Cress is: “Is that all hair?” which if you’ve seen Tangled the first thing Flynn Rider says to Rapuzel is something along the exact same lines. I love all the references and similarities between Cress and Throne, and Rapunzel and Finn from the Disney film Tangled. The references to Rapunzel and Tangled in this book make me so happy I cannot even explain.There were a lot more hurdles and muddled feelings to get past before the two actually confessed their feelings. I will say that it was worth it regardless.
(also thinking about how one of the last things Throne saw before he turned blind was Cress. I’m fine. Really.)
“I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed.”
That last scene between Crescent and Dr. Erland kind of had me feeling all of the feels. I understood why he had to do what he did, but it made my heart hurt when Cress never truly got to hear him explain his actions, or spend some time with her Dad. I hated every scene where Cress was upset or hurt.
“Please be safe, My Crescent Moon. I love you. I do love you.” (brb crying)
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