Review: CRESS by Marissa Meyer

TITLE: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 3)
AUTHOR: Marissa Meyer
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantacy, Sci-Fi, Romance
 February 4, 2014 Feiwel & Friends

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In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana's evil plan, has a slight problem. She's been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, 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.


Book Three is my FAVORITE! Several more characters are added to the different points-of-view the narrative switches between. I love how they all sound different. This one adds Cress, a girl trapped in a satellite (symbolizing the fairytale character Rapunzel.) She is so darn cute, na├»ve and trusting. I just want to protect her and not let the cruel world get to her. But she is in smitten with the “bad boy” Thorne. Their dynamic is hilarious, pitiful and hopeful at the same time.

Marissa Meyer has stacked an awesome cast, flying around in the Rampion hatching plans to save the world (which in my imagination is like the Millennium Falcon.) I love the development of Iko in this book. (No spoilers, I promise.)


I am rating this book at 5: Excellent and Worth Every Minute. Or maybe 5 and a HALF! I wish I could rate this one higher than the first two but they are all top-notch in my opinion. I’m so thrilled to find a series that gives me a grand adventure, a totally hate-able antagonist, and more than one romance weaved throughout. Thank you Marissa Meyer!


There is a lot of action in this book, but it is less gory than book two, even though the war is raging. Although the idea of androids who are “escorts” is discussed in this book—for reasons I won’t spoil. Regardless, I still find it appropriate for my pre-teens and teens to read. 

More books by Marissa Meyer:

The Lunar Chronicles

Book 1: CINDER
Book 3: CRESS
Novella: FAIREST (Back-story on Levana the Evil Queen)
Book 4: WINTER