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Review: Cress

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Author:Marissa Meyer

Series:Book 3

Rating★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Note:Reviews for Book 1 and Book 2 here.


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.

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“I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed.” 

The stakes raised in this next book in the Lunar Chronicles series. There was so much tension and action, but we also had lots of humor and romance from what is possibly my favorite couple in the series thus far. This is my favorite book in the series so far (though we will have to see after the last one).

Things get crazy when Cinder and her crew make contact with Cress, a hacker prodigy that Levanna has secretly kept imprisoned on a satellite for seven years. She could be the key to finally getting an edge on Levanna but the rescue mission doesn’t go as planned.

While I loved this book I will say that the overall plot felt a bit slow in the middle because of the crew being split up. But, I think the romance between Cress and Thorne and their character development totally made up for it.

“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. 

My favorite part of this book was the romance. Out of all the relationships in this book, I feel like Cress and Thorne’s was the most well developed. While Cress had an instant infatuation with him, she was very sheltered and it took her a while to develop deeper feelings for him. I love that she saw the best in him even when he didn’t see it himself.

I loved Thorne since the last book, and that didn’t change in this book. It was great to get to see more of him, especially when he showed those gentle and sensitive sides for Cress.

I also liked the direction the plot took in terms of Cress’s past. Having her get some answers to her past and giving her closure totally gave me feels (especially considering the bittersweet way she found out).

All in all, this was a very fun and enjoyable sequel to the series. I’ll be sad to see the series end, but I’m looking forward to seeing how everything works out!



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One thought on “Review: Cress

  1. I’m so glad you loved it! I always hear from other people that Cress is the weakest book in the series, but I couldn’t disagree more. Great review!


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