Book Review: “Cress”

“Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)” by Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Fairy Tale Re-telling

GoodreadsSource: Library

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Summary from Goodreads:

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

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 her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only 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 goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.


In Scarlet, I know I got annoyed with the jumping around in narration. I enjoyed it much more in Cress. It’s pretty much necessary at this point because of how much is going on. I know it seems overwhelming trying to mentally keep track of so many things but Meyer has a way with her stories. Everything flows together beautifully so it makes perfect sense to skip around with all the characters. You almost didn’t miss ‘leaving’ one set of characters because you were also invested in the next set of characters you’re visiting.

I loved the way Meyer played around with Rapunzel for Cress. There are the obvious allusions to the story: the hair and the tower. I really appreciated the smaller allusions to it as well. Cress’s father having to give her up. Thorne going blind. I just really love how Meyer takes elements of the fairy tales but makes them completely her own.

I really enjoyed seeing the main group of characters together. I think this is the first time we’ve seen them all together for a decent length of time. They certainly are a mismatched bunch. Despite being an odd crew, they worked well together.

The beginning of the story was a bit slow going because there was some set up that needed to be done. Once the set up was done, things started sailing smoothly. You could see things starting to fall into place and couldn’t read fast enough to see what was to happen next. This book didn’t feel like a filler book. It really was a bit step in moving things forward. Now that everything has been laid on the table, we’re ready for the final fight.

I loved that we got a sneak peek of Winter!

The bottom line? Great transition into the final installment.

9 thoughts on “Book Review: “Cress”

  1. I loved how she brought in some of the not quite as familiar aspects of Rapunzel (blindness, the desert)! I’m pretty sure Cress became my favorite of the Lunar heroines thus far, but I’m really excited to see Winter – things are gonna get crazy from here on!

  2. I didn’t really like the jumping around in the last one either, mostly because I wanted more of Cinder and less of Scarlet. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this one better 🙂 Definitely one I want to get to!

  3. Pingback: Featured Fairy Tales: Rapunzel | The Grown-Up YA

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