Book Review: Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles #3
★★★★★

Young Adult | Fantasy | Science Fiction
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 4, 2014

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.

NOTE: There are no spoilers for Cinder or Scarlet in this review. You’ll just know who ends up with who coupling wise if you read this review, which really isn’t that big of a deal. 

Oh, man. I honestly don’t even know how to begin this review. To be truthful, I am still so shell-shocked when it comes to the Lunar Chronicles. I loved Cinder and Scarlet, but I don’t think I realized how much I loved those books until I read Cress. 


The action in Cress is never-ending, which I loved. There’s never really a dull moment. Looking back on this book, it’s constant action. I would’ve read this book in one night if it hadn’t been 12 in the morning and I wasn’t about to pass out. I couldn’t stop reading this book, because that’s just how amazing it was. I hate writing extremely negative and extremely positive reviews, because this is how they end up—jumbled and incoherent.

I seriously ship all the couples in this book so hard. Thorne/Cress (Thress?), Wolf/Scarlet (Wolflet/Scarf?), Kai/Cinder (Kinder?), and then there’s going to be a Jacin/Winter (Jater/Wincin…?) coupling in Winter. I swear, I don’t know how Meyer does it, but she manages to make me ship every single one of her couples. I feel like I’m forgetting a couple, but then again, I don’t think I am.

The only characters that I had extreme feelings for in Cress were Thorne and Wolf. I loved Thorne so much in this book. In Scarlet, I was pretty neutral about him, but once I read this book…wow, I loved him so much. Wolf—not so sure about. The more that I think about it, the more that I come to the realization that for the majority of Cress, Wolf brooded and sulked. In Scarlet, he took action and he was amazing, but in Cress, he was easily manipulated and just…there. I think he was a much better character in Scarlet. Regardless, this is the only complaint I have when it comes to this book.

Other than Wolf, there was a character arc for nearly every single character (except Scarlet, but if you’ve read this book, you would know why. She didn’t get much book time), which I loved. Kai grew quite a bit in this book, and I think this was when I really started to love him. So did Cinder. Just everybody grew, and that made me love this book even more. I have so many feelings while reading it.

There were so many POV’s too! But I surprisingly was content with this. Usually third person writing with a lot of POV’s is a recipe for disaster and no attachment to the world/characters, but Meyer has no problem with this whatsoever. I really love Meyer’s to-the-point writing, and she made everything work out in the end. I thought I would get confused with all the different plots going on, but I didn’t. It was fairly easy to keep track of, which I loved. (Wow, I loved a lot of things when it comes to this book.)

Overall, this is one of my top favorite of 2014 so far. I’ve read 16 books in 2014 as of February 9 when I wrote the review, but out of those 16, this is my favorite. I think this will probably remain at the top. I want to reread it right now, and I probably would if it weren’t for the fact that there are a million other books that I need to read. I could seriously go on and on in this review, but I think I’ll stop it here.

I HIGHLY recommend this series. HIGHLY.

Oh yes, and on a final note, Levana is probably one of the best villains I’ve ever read about.

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