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 prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic.


Cinder and Scarlet both totally knocked my socks off, so when Cress – the third (of four) book in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series released, the first thing I did on release day was run to the bookstore and buy a copy! Like always, it doesn’t take Meyer very long to jump into action. Pretty much the whole book was filled with action, suspense, mystery, and romance.

Basically, the beginning starts off as we meet our new addition to the cast: Cress.

Cress is basically being held hostage in a satellite; living her entire life with only netscreens and androids as company. Fortunately for Cress, all this screen time has made her quite an excellent hacker. The not-so-fortunate news? She’s being ordered by Queen Levana, and she’s just been ordered to hunt down Cinder and her crew.

But Cinder and Cress strike a deal: Cress’ rescue in exchange for Cinder’s freedom. View Spoiler »

What I really, really love about this series is how detailed and well-developed the characters are. They each have their own quirks, flaws, and personalities that make them distinguishable, relatable, and just memorable overall; and I’m happy to say that Cress is no exception.

Cinder is as intelligent and thoughtful as she has been in the past two books. She’s very determined and it’s really amazing watching her transform into this leader role.

Warmhearted, loyal, faithful – but also a bit bossy and arrogant – Scarlet Benoit makes a second appearance in Cress, however it’s not quite on the large scale I wanted it to be.

Cress is a completely different protagonist from the shy but intelligent Cinder and the loyal but fiery Scarlet. Cress – being locked up for as long as she has been – is quite naive, and I really felt that the way Marissa portrayed her was wonderful. Underneath everything, though, Cress is truly a sweet and courageous protagonist who adds such a great variety to the series.

Every single romance in Cress had me immediately saying:

Marissa is definitely – without a doubt – the master of writing romances. From Cinder and Kai’s gentle, almost vulnerable, romance that never really got to begin; to the wonderful, fiery romance of Wolf and Scarlet, Marissa’s center of romance in Cress is between the charismatic and hilarious Captain Thorne and the brave and naive Cress; and it definitely – without a doubt – exceeded my expectations!

I can’t believe I have to wait another year for Winter, but I have no doubt that it will be worth the wait. This series is just so amazing in every way possible, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t started it yet. Because, really…what are you waiting for?!?!


23 thoughts on “Cress

  1. I’m reading this at the moment Zoe and I absolutely LOVE it! I love that graphic you posted of all the characters, it’s spot on isn’t it? I love every single character that she’s created here and the multiple romances, Marissa Meyer certainly is a master storyteller! Great review 🙂

    1. Yeah! So glad you’re enjoying it thus far Jeann! And yes…it is definitely spot on! And I definitely agree! I love how amazing Marissa is at creating so many complex and realistic characters with romances to match them! She is definitely a master storyteller!

      Thanks Jeann! <3

  2. I just started reading Cinder today, so I just peeked a bit at your review. It looks like you loved it though. 🙂 I am really loving this series so far. I can’t wait to get to Cress! 🙂

    1. Yeah! So glad you’re loving Cinder so far Pamela! Let me just say…the series keeps on getting better and better! (Although, I think Scarlet was my favorite of the 3 so far – but they’re just all so good!) I definitely loved it! I hope you continue enjoying the rest of the series as much as you’re enjoying it now though!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Actually, Scarlet is my least favorite of the three so far. So I was okay that there wasn’t much of her in it. I basically just wanted more Cinder and Kai. I generally don’t like fantasy but I think Marissa Meyer does such a phenomenal job and creating these complex characters from this flat fairytales. Oh and the ships in Cress. Swoon x infinity. I love how it answers some questions but at the same time creates new problems for Winter. I’m so sad there aren’t any ARCs for Winter because I’m dying to know how it all ends.

    1. Yeah…Cinder and Kai are pretty awesome! 😉 I really want the chemistry between them back though!

      Yeah…I’m the same way. Fantasy’s either a hit or a miss for me, but, yeah I definitely agree – Marissa totally rocks it!

      YES! The ships! Oh my gosh!

      The wait for Winter is going to torture me! But I think – in the end – it will totally be worth it though!

  4. I love this book. I just LOVE it. (But you already know that.) Eeeep! *hugs book* I’m so happy with the characters and how different and detailed they were. I was pretty disappointed Scarlet/Wolf was out of the picture so much. 🙁 They’re my favourite couple because they actually…um…work. What?! Cinder and Kai have SO many issues. Number one being they can’t even tell each other they love each other! So there is that. And Cress and Thorne are ADORABLE…buuut, if I’m strictly honest with myself, I feel like they copy Tangled too much. >_< Awesome review, Zoe!!

    1. Aww…thanks Cait! And yes…it was AWESOME! *Hugs book with you* Yeah, me too… I missed Scarlet and Wolf! Although the conversation Cress had with Wolf (“she’s my alpha”) just tore me to death! Darn you Marissa! Why did you do this to my poor Wolf?!

      Yeah…I definitely see where you’re coming from. Kai & Cinder obviously have feelings for each other, but I have a feeling their romance is just going to have to develop with time. They never really got to actually know each other in Cinder, so hopefully they’ll have that opportunity in Winter. Because I can SO see them together!

      And yep…Even though I totally ship Cress & Thorne, I kinda agree with you on the whole Tangled thing. But I have a feeling that will resolve in Winter!

      Gah! The wait’s going to kill me!!!

  5. So glad to see an awesome review of this one, especially since I have seen a few that were a miss. Seriously how have I not read this yet? Oops, cause it looks like the story and the world is getting developed more and more through the books and I totally adore the cast of characters. I need to make time, wish I had more time!

    1. Same! I was getting nervous at first actually…how could Marissa screw up her series? Luckily, at least for me, it was a total hit!

      You’re going to love this series Lily! The worldbuilding and the plot keeps getting better and better – no doubt about it! And yes…the cast is just. AH – MAZ – ING!!!

      Ugh…I know! I wish I could spend all day reading! LOL!

      Thanks for stopping by Lily! Let me know when / if you find the time to continue the series! (You won’t regret it!)

  6. Awww, this review is absolutely adorable. I can’t wait to read the book! I have already a copy of this but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet but I will soon! Ever since I finished Scarlet, I knew in my mind that Thorne was going to be with a Rapunzel-like character because he SO reminded me of Flynn Rider. I still want him with Cinder though :< KAI IS TOO UPTIGHT! Haha. Lovely review!!

    Faye @ The Social Potato

    1. Aw…thanks Faye! 😀

      Gosh…you’re going to LOVE this! The series keeps getting better and better, and Cress does not disappoint! If you’re still planning on reading it soon, I’ll definitely be on the lookout for your review! I’m crossing my fingers that you enjoy it as much as I did!

      And LOL…good! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who pictured Thorne as Flynn Rider! 😉 Personally, I think he’s going to end up with Cress, but who knows? I just don’t think we’ve really gotten to see the romance really blossom between Kai and Cinder yet, but hopefully that will happen in Winter!

      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Aww…thanks so much Alise! 😀

      So glad you’re enjoying Scarlet so far! I’ll be on the lookout for your review to come soon! Can’t wait to see what you think of Wolf & Scarlet! 😀

  7. I have not started this series yet, but I’ve read so many amazing reviews for this. Thanks for spoiler warning, had to skip a few parts of your review. Nevertheless, I’ll definitely read this one (already bough them). Thanks for the excerpt!

    1. Gosh…you’re going to LOVE this series Dre! I honestly wasn’t expecting to enjoy it so much, but it’s been such an amazing ride! I’m so glad to hear you’ll be reading them soon…I’ll definitely be on the lookout for your review! I’m crossing my fingers that you enjoy it as much as I did!

      No problem Dre! Thank you for the lovely comment! 😀

  8. So many characters! It sounds so great. You know I had Cinder in my wishlist for a while and after all the wonderful reviews about Cress I decided to buy it. I had it last weekend and now I really need to get into it and I can’t wait to see if I’ll like it as much as everyone.

    1. Yeah! I’m so glad you bought a copy of Cinder! 😀 I’m crossing my fingers you’ll enjoy it as much as I did…but to be honest, Cinder was my lease favorite of the series, but it was still fantastic nonetheless! I can’t wait to see what you think! I’ll definitely be on the lookout for your review!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Sounds like another book I could and should find the time to read. I love that it has action, suspense, mystery and romance. Your description of the characters were amazing, I feel like I know them without having read the book, beautifully done. What can I say except another review very well done, thanks

  10. Hah! I love Scarlet and Wolf, and Thorne. I didn’t love CRESS (the book) as much as I loved CINDER and SCARLET, but it was an awesome addition to the series, nonetheless. And yes! I’m a little sad we didn’t get many Scarlet scenes either. Great review, Zoe!

  11. i totaly agree i love how the characters are so developed in this series and i looove all of them especially kai and thorne urghh cant wait for the next book!!!

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