Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #3
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia, Retelling
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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 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.
First Sentence: Her satellite made one full orbit around planet Earth every sixteen hours.
Before I start my review, I have to give a huge thank you to Kierra at The Word Mineur for leading me her ARC of Cress. Thank you so much Kierra! You made my week! (Or my year. Either one.) I’m so happy I got a chance to read Cress early. I’ve been anxiously looking forward to reading Cress ever since I read Scarlet, especially when I read a preview of Cress when its gorgeous cover was revealed.
The beginning of Cress started a bit slow for me. The main reason why the beginning of Cress was a bit slow for me is because you automatically know from reading the summary of Cress that the plan to rescue Cress from her satellite doesn’t exactly succeed, so all the build-up to Cress’ rescue in the beginning of the book was tedious for me to read since I know what it’ll all eventually lead up to. I also read the preview that was offered for Cress online, which includes two chapters of the beginning of Cress before Cress’ actual escape. So basically, when I started reading the beginning of Cress, I already knew exactly what would happen until after the actual escape.
Because if there was one thing Cress knew about heroes, it was that they could not resist a damsel in distress.
And she was nothing if not in distress. (ARC 29)
A new character was introduced in Cress (I bet you guys can figure out who from just looking at the title of the book) – Cress. In the end, I don’t know how I feel about her exactly. Cress was such an adorable character at times, marveling over the blue sky and how green the trees are since she has never seen the outside world before because she was trapped in her satellite and in Lunar since her birth. However, Cress was also really gullible and innocent, having absolutely no knowledge of the outside world besides what she has seen on her telescreens. Cress is certainly unique; I love her coping method when things become too much for her: Cress pretends to be a famous actress, movie star, whatever, to gain some confidence in herself. Either way, in the end, it doesn’t matter whether I like Cress or not. I wanted Cress to be happy and not hurt throughout the book. She just grows on you.
And we can’t forget about the fabulous Captain Thorne! I didn’t really notice him or like him that much when he made his debut in the beginning of Scarlet, but in Cress, Thorne just shines. Captain Thorne is simply the star of the book. He had me chuckling throughout Cress (believe me, I tried to resist laughing, but couldn’t help but laugh anyway), making the book shine and stand out from the rest. Thorne definitely brightened up the book (and my mood) and Cress would be a totally different book without him in it.
The next part is a mild spoiler for Cress, unless you had read the sneak preview of Cress that was put up (I forgot when and where so I can’t find the link for you guys, sorry), so I’ll hide the next part. Highlight it if you want to read it.
[MILD] SPOILER: Reading that two chapter preview of Cress that was put up was basically torture. I wanted more Cress and Thorne together, eager to find out if they would become a couple. (Marissa Meyer, if you happen to be reading this, you know exactly what I want to happen! -wink wink-) You guys, the Cress and Throne moments in Cress were just so adorable! I was swooning all over them when Cress and Thorne were together – the chemistry was sizzling between them! Cress’ epic fantasies of her and Thorne together were also fun to read.
She forced herself to focus on Linh Cinder. Not on Carswell Thorne. If she only refrained from meeting his gaze again, she would manage. She would not fall apart. (ARC 44)
Remember how Cinder was a light and fun read while Scarlet was a bit darker with all those bloody fight scenes? Well, be prepared for Cress; things are much tougher and darker in Cress than in Cinder and Scarlet combined. There’s tons of more brainwashing, tons of more violence, and tons of more gore. People were losing body parts left and right (I’m sadly not exaggerating) – there was literally no safe moment for Cinder and her crew. Even though I often read really dark books because I like reading them, I couldn’t help but flinch from time to time while reading Cress. Some events in Cress were just that dark. And please Marissa Meyer, can you please stop torturing your characters, with the exception of the evil bad ones of course?
Sybil let out a screech of laughter, the most uncontained Cinder had ever heard her. “You have learned a few things since last we saw each other, haven’t you?” Sybil paced down the ramp. “Not that controlling a handful of guards is any impressive feat.” (ARC 479)
Some of the things I predicted earlier while I read Cinder and Scarlet that I thought would happen later on in the series did happen in Cress. It wasn’t surprising to me at all when those “big” reveals happened, but I still enjoyed reading Cress despite the correct predictions I made a book or two ago.
Overall, Cress is definitely a great sequel to Scarlet (although I personally do enjoy reading Scarlet more than I enjoyed reading Cress). In fact, the ending of Cress has me dying to get my hands on Winter. I need to know how Marissa Meyer will end the Lunar Chronicles series! (There better be a happily ever after for us. Just saying.)