Cress is book three of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I don’t want to mention any spoilers, and if you haven’t read this series, you really should! The Lunar Chronicles is a young adult, part science-fiction, part fantasy series that has loose ties to several fairy tales. Read my review of Books One and Two (Cinder and Scarlet) here.
Cress is loosely based on the fairy tale of Rapunzel, and the character of Cress is sweet, innocent, and likable. She has been trapped alone on a satellite, hacking away and monitoring Earth for Queen Levana for years. So, she is understandably very innocent and lacking in social skills. She is also very intelligent and clever. I really liked Cress, although she had a tendency at times to be very annoying. She was a little too love-sick for me, and her tendency to freeze and try to hide in important moments was irritating, but, it was totally understandable due to her upbringing. Scenes between her and Thorne were very sweet and cute, if overly long (namely several scenes in Africa). And Captain Thorne really, really grew on me in this book. He’s gone from annoying to adorable, and I can see the allure and why people love his character.
Another character that I liked much more in this book was Scarlet. Perhaps it is because she is barely in this book, but the scenes that she was in were great (two in particular), and I feel invested in her character and want her to succeed. So that was good for me, because I really want to like Scarlet, a lot, but there’s something holding me back. Maybe it is just for the simple reason that she is always wearing the same red hooded sweatshirt.
And then we get a very small glimpse of what I hope will be a great story in the character of Winter. I want to hear more about her, and I was really into the strong and silent Jacin as well, so I’m looking forward to the fleshing out of their stories in Winter.
There is a lot of Cinder in this book, and she is really the main character of The Lunar Chronicles, and I just adore her. She’s climbing the ranks of being one of my favorite characters ever, and I just loved, LOVED the scene at the end of the book.
I think before I start on Winter that I’ll read Fairest, which focuses on Queen Levana’s backstory. I’m glad that one is short, because she is so eeevil that I don’t think I’d want to read a giant book solely based on her.
Bottom Line: Great addition to a fun series.