Review: ‘Cress’ by Marissa Meyer

Review: ‘Cress’ by Marissa MeyerCress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 4th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Love & Romance, Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 550
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought online
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.

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I was so excited for this one! Getting back in this world, just made me love the series even more. You know those worlds where you forget reality and you’re sucked into the fictional world you’re reading? This is what happened to me. Cress sucked me right in until I finished the very last page. I loved it. Marissa’s writing is so easy and straight forward that you don’t get confused whatsoever because everything is there for you to read up on. Pacing is on point and even though you might scoff at the length of the book, you won’t be reading it for very long because it’s a fast read. I didn’t want it to end.


As for the characters, whether there are a main character or a secondary character, I still loved them. Even though with every book she adds several new ones, it doesn’t feel like you get lost at all. They’re vibrant and so full of personality. Take Cress for example, I found her to be the biggest damsel in distress we have had in the Lunar Chronicles. But by the end, she’s different and not the sheltered girl she was before taking orders. I grew to like her even though her swoon worthy daydreams of Thorne were warranted. I don’t blame her for liking him so. Thorne is just funny. He’s one of the most sarcastic and charismatic love interests. I also liked that he wasn’t perfect and that he was flawed and he doubted himself. Even Kai was was back and he didn’t seem as perfect as he was in Cinder. But my most favourite character of all has to be Iko. She lept off the pages and I felt her so strongly like a best friend does. Love her strong spunky personality so much! I felt so sad for Wolfe the whole time. He was having such a hard time, even with his friends around him to support him. We also get an appearance from Winter! Her thoughts were interesting and I can’t wait to see her and Jacin together. Also yay for a diverse cast of characters!!!!


And for the world building, I found it wholly fascinating about the politics that were involved. Interesting laws about cyborgs.. Their protection act stood for an incident that happened in the past and it was nice to read about the history, even if it was a very small part. Excellent world.. Love seeing more of earth and how everyone is and what they’re doing to deal with the plague.


Glad I read this book this year, since Fairest and Winter are out too. Marissa really takes these fairy tale characters and makes them her own. If you haven’t read this series yet, what are you waiting for? It’s one of my faves!



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. (29)
It’s all right. You loved her. I would feel the same if someone wanted to erase Scarlet’s identity and give it to Levana’s army. (36)
I’m going to die. And I’ve never been kissed. (204)
Nobody like to be controlled, and she didn’t think anyone ever got used to it. (225)
Because now it’s their turn to give back—for the good of everyone. They should have a choice. (308)
Our country was built on a foundation of equality and togetherness, not prejudice and hatred. (312)
My name is Iko. If you don’t stop calling me the ‘ship,’ I am going to make sure you never have hot water during your showers again, do you understand me? (318)
He’s not a toy, and he’s not her property. (319)
There’s nothing worse than your own body being used against you. (370)
I was listening to you work. It’s kind of relaxing. And I like it when you sing. (505)
I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves. (512)

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  1. Cali W.

    October 9, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    I love this series and I love your review! I can’t wait to read Winter. 🙂

  2. Meredith

    March 4, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    I have heard a lot of great things about Cress. I’m gad this one was such a winner! Great review!

    • giselle

      March 4, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      They’re all pretty amazing! Though I loved this one the most because I really like Captain Throne

  3. studyinink

    March 3, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    YES, Iko is so perfect! I will have to reread the books before Winter comes out just for her sake. Do you have a favourite out of our so far three heroines? (Apart from Iko, obviously)

    • giselle

      March 4, 2015 at 10:47 PM

      Haha Iko! I’m kind of torn between Cinder and Scarlet.. I will have to reread the books before WINTER comes out too.

  4. Sophia Rose

    March 2, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    I finally got this one to read. So glad it was a big hit for you.

    • giselle

      March 2, 2015 at 1:46 PM

      SO GOOD! Hope you like too

  5. Lola

    March 2, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    I agree. Meyer does a good job of adding characters without it being to overwhelming or without characters getting lost. I loved Fairest, you should read it if you haven’t already! It explains a lot about the politics between Earth and Lunar. 🙂

    • giselle

      March 2, 2015 at 1:48 PM

      YEAH! I read FAIREST, it was excellent too

  6. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    March 2, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Iko is my favorite too!! I agree with you about not wanting this book to end… I think I’ve been like that with this whole series. They’re just so addicting! I love the world and I’m always wanting to know more about it. Fairest is more than a novella…. It’s so good I wish it was released as a full-length prequel. Great review… I hope you like Fairest… and only 8 more months until WINTER!!! Ugh that feels like forever!

    • giselle

      March 2, 2015 at 1:51 PM

      She’s such a bright spot in the whole series. I love her. I’m going to be so sad when WINTER ends. AHHHH

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