5 Things About Cress by Marissa Meyer

February 8, 2016 Review 36 ★★★★½

5 Things About Cress by Marissa Meyer
Cress by Marissa Meyer
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Publisher: Macmillan
Source: Purchased
Pages: 560
Release Date: February 4th 2014
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.

Each book gets better and better.

My experience with The Lunar Chronicles goes something like this: I thought CINDER was okay, I liked SCARLET, and I adored CRESS. There has been a lot of improvement as the series progresses, and I can’t wait to read the conclusion. A series tends to struggle with middle books but no such thing happened here, each installment is stronger than the last.

A sensational cast of characters.

Not only are we introduced to new characters, we get to know the original ones better. Cinder has totally won me over and I want her (all of them, really) to get the happy ending they deserve. Each one of of the characters is totally unique in their own way and so incredibly fleshed out. They are perfect-but only because they are flawed. And the character dynamics were fantastic; I loved seeing how all these personalities get along and work together.


All the emotions!

CRESS has moments that will tug on your heartstrings, moments that will make you want to cry, and moments that will make you laugh out loud. I was totally invested in this story.

The pages flew by.

For a 560 page book, CRESS has truly great pacing. Although the POVs change around quite a bit, I never felt like I was missing anything and I enjoyed changing perspectives. Because we got to see what was going on with everyone, a chapter was never boring. The stakes are high and I kept turning the pages, wanting to know what was going to happen next.


It’s so imaginative.

I wish I had half of the creativity Marissa Meyer has. Thinking up a world like this and creating a diverse cast of characters is no easy feat, but Meyer sure makes it feel like it is. Everything is clearly well thought-out, and the magic is in the details: the mannerisms of the characters, the description of a setting, and all the other little things which make it feel so real. I can’t wait to see what Meyer comes up with in WINTER.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.6

36 Responses to “5 Things About Cress by Marissa Meyer”

    • Alise

      Right? You would think it would be the opposite but she just writes the characters so well. Glad you enjoyed this one too :)

  1. Bec

    Yay! I think Cress might be my favourite Lunar Chronicles novel. Cresswell is definitely my favourite ship :D

  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I’m an odd duck because I liked Cinder but Scarlet was the weak installment of the bunch for me – I like Scarlet but as a character amongst the rest, she’s my least favorite of the bunch…and I can’t pinpoint why. I mean I like her, but I like Cinder and Cress a lot more. In any case, I ADORED CRESS so I’m so happy you did too! I was in awe of how Meyers can keep adding new characters and POV and still keep her writing so tight :D The characters, the friendships and THE SHIPS were all amazing! Amazing review Alise – I can’t wait to see what you think of Winter!!
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    • Alise

      I can understand that. For me, Scarlet showed improvement over the issues I had with Cinder but Scarlet as a character is probably my least favorite. I feel like she never showed a vulnerable side so it was hard to connect with her. RIGHT? I’m loving it. Thanks :D

  3. Sinead

    I felt like Scarlet was the weakest one of these books and I can’t even tell you why – it’s just my personal preference I guess. But I totally agree with you about the awesomeness of Cress – she’s such a cutie! I re-read the series recently in preparation for Winter and I fell in love with all these characters again. Winter is the most amazing finale too – you won’t be disappointed!
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    • Alise

      I’m reading Winter right now and loving it, I don’t want to series to end! As for Scarlet, I liked the book but Scarlet as a character wasn’t my favorite.

  4. Lonna | FLYLēF

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles. I didn’t think I would enjoy a Cinderella retelling because nothing can compare to the real Cinderella. Right?! Ha! I was wrong. I’ve yet to read Winters. The 800+ pages is a bit intimidating right now because I have so much to read. *stress frown coming on* Great review, Alise!
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    • Alise

      Thank you :) Winter is one dense book, that’s for sure. I’m about halfway through it and it’s already been like three weeks. It’s a great read, but definitely a long one.

    • Alise

      That describes my experience with this series exactly. I really hope you like Cress when you get around to reading it :)

    • Alise

      I’m reading Winter now and really enjoying it-there is just so much going on! I hope you love it when you get the chance to check it out :D

  5. Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer

    I LOVED CINDER so, so much… and then it literally took me years (seriously — not even an exaggeration there) to read SCARLET, and I honestly didn’t enjoy it as much. Probably because I didn’t remember much of CINDER, and I just didn’t seem to connect with the characters as well. But oh my gosh, I hands-down LOVED CRESS. I adored the new characters and the fairytale twists, and it was everything I could’ve hoped for it. I know have WINTER sitting on my shelf, so I’m super super excited to read it. (although kinda terrified — last book in series can be CRUEL.)
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    • Alise

      Then clearly my job here is done ;) The character dynamics are probably one of my favorite aspects of this series, it’s great. :)

  6. Lola

    That’s promising to hear the series get’s better with each book! I have the first book on my to-read list as it sounds like a good series. I like the sound of how you not only meet new characters, but also get to know the ones you know better. I like characters who are fleshed out and have some flaws, it makes them real and more interesting to read about. I didn’t realize these books where so long, but that’s great the pacing is well done. Great review!
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    • Alise

      It really is, considering some series get bogged down by sequels. All of these books build on the last and I absolutely love it in terms of character development. Like one character who was introduced in the second book still shows new sides in the fourth book, it’s great. Thank you :)

    • Alise

      It really didn’t feel long at all! They are so cute, I ship them so hard. I’m reading Winter now and enjoying it a lot.

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