Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer (Spoiler Free)

January 22, 2018

“So I’m going to Luna, and I’m going to start a revolution.” ― Marissa Meyer, Cress

Three down, Three to go. 

I won’t lie and say I breezed through this book, because I didn’t. This is my first read of 2018 and it could have gone better. I liked the book in the end, but I struggled through the first half. For most of the book, the characters are separated. I don’t like multiple POV novels that much and when your characters are scattered like this, it makes it a bit worse. Personally, I wish there wasn’t so much jumping around as I came to dread reading certain chapters, but in the end…I did fall back in love with the series. The synopsis for Cress is as followed:

FROM GOODREADS: 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 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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Now, I have really enjoyed the first two novels: Cinder and Scarlet so I was so excited to read this. However, I got about 50 pages in and it was the most boring book I have read in a long while. Not that the writing wasn’t great or that I didn’t still love the characters, but the plot was…just not for me. As I stated before, character separation of this degree was a bit annoying, but I soon learned to just keep going. I enjoyed each different POV, but just wanted things to speed up a tad. I could read about 20 pages before I had to stop and go do something else. That being said, once I got over the hump in the middle, the book was AMAZING and I was very happy with the way it ended!

The addition of the new characters such as Cress and Jacin was great. Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, Thorne, Kai, etc were just as good in this book as the others. Levana is still a royal pain in the ass, but I am loving her a villain. I think that a good villain really makes a story. You need the hero to love, but you also really need a villain to hate and Levana is perfect for that. 

“Maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.” ― Marissa Meyer, Cress

In Cress there is more emphasis on the Earthen vs Lunar debacle and I really found it fascinating. I love when authors add underlying issues alongside the main conflict and Meyer does a fantastic job. The futuristic elements continue to amaze me and more and more I am finding myself surprised of what Meyer has come up with. 

Just like the first two books, this book has a fairy-tale tie-in. This time with Rapunzel. Cress who was locked in a satellite for most of her life has no idea what it is like to talk to Earthens or even knows what a tree looks like and I think that was the best part of the book. Even though she was naive and scared, she found the beauty in so much and it was a joy to read! Cress may be my favourite character because of it. Also she and Thorne had some of the funniest dialogue. 

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So many questions were answered in this book and a lot was revealed about the characters! I am so excited to read the rest of the series for this reason and because there is some fun foreshadow at the end of the book for Winter which excites me! I will be reading Fairest before Winter as I have been told by many people to read in order of publication. It is much shorter than the other books so I am hoping to finish before January is over!

Overall, I give this book 4/5 stars. I was going to give it three, but the last 100 pages or so were so good that I couldn’t! If you enjoy the action of The Lunar Chronicles along with the coy romance and cocky characters, then you will enjoy book 3! I may have found it slow, but I know a lot of people didn’t so it’s all up to the reader!

If you read this book, let me know what you think about it! 

Happy Reading!

– Haley

Author: My Thoughts are a Blog

21. Blogger, Star Wars, Marvel, and Book Enthusiast, Over-thinker, Aspiring Author who hates everything she writes, and mother to Gracie & Ghost.

One thought

  1. I love TLC but when I read Cress two years ago it just felt so unnecessarily slow. I loved it, I did. It was my least favorite book in the series…although I enjoyed it, it did go slow and then the last part of the book went super fast though .

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