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

Title:  Cress
Author:  Marissa Meyer
Series:  The Lunar Chronicles #3
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan
Publication Date:  February 4, 2014
Pages:  550
Format/Source:  Hardback/Purchased
Age Group/Genre:  Young Adult/Science Fiction, Retelling

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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

*Warning:  This is the third book in a series.  While I really don’t like spoilers, you might find some slight Book 1 and Book 2 spoilers in this review.*

Since this is the third book in the series, I thought I’d just write a mini review where I share some of my notes:

  • The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series, and Cress reminds me of another one of my favorite series, the WondLa series by Tony DiTerlizzi!
  • I still LOVE Thorne. He’s totally a mix between Mal from Firefly, Zaphod Beeblebrox from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Jack Harkness from Doctor Who, and Han Solo from Star Wars.  Thorne and Iko are probably my favorite characters in this series.
  • I’m beginning to think that one of my theories from the first two books might not be correct.  But nothing was proven or disproved in this book, so we shall see…
  • I’ll let my tweet speak for itself:
  • I have a couple of new theories after reading Cress, and I think at least one of them will be proven correct in Winter.
  • I loved the scene with Adri, but I wish there had been more of her in this book.
  • I loved some of the banter in this book, especially some that wasn’t expected, like between Cinder and Dr. Erland. Really funny!
  • This book seems to have the most action out of all the books so far. And I love action!
  • I love Iko!
  • I knew I loved Thorne! “Eye stuff weirds me out.” Me too, Thorne. Me too.
  • Marissa Meyer gets 50,000 of my Bonus Points for secret tunnels!
  • Cress and Thorne are definitely my OTP of this series. One of my all-time OTPs, actually!
  • Lots of scenes that are just described so well that I can picture them in my head and totally see them in movie-form!
  • I love that this series just gets more and more complex with each book!
  • Some great and creepy stuff happening near the end!
My rating for Cress by Marissa Meyer:
5 huge stars, of course!  I liked this one more than Scarlet, but I’m not sure if I liked it more than Cinder or not.  I’m definitely pumped to finish this series as well as read all of the novellas!
Disclaimer:  I purchased this book myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.


  1. My Thoughts.... Literally!

    November 10, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I loved Cress! I totally agree about Marissa Meyer's descriptions. The settings and world-building is one of my favorite parts of this series, besides the characters of course. And yes, to Thorne. I liked him a lot in Scarlet but I LOVED him in Cress. He got a lot more complex and it was amazing seeing him as the male lead!

    This review made me want to reread this series so bad! Mostly because of your mention about theories. I don't remember any of my theories but I'm sure I had some.

    Great review!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  2. Fifi Islaih

    November 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I've read the first two books and I can't wait to read CRESS! Thanks for sharing (:

  3. Brandi Kosiner

    November 11, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    So glad to hear that you loved this ending

  4. Micheline D

    November 12, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    hahaha your review made me laugh – especially the bit about Throne not liking eye-stuff (ditto!) This was my favorite book of The Lunar Chronicles so far. Loved how intense and action-packed it was! And Throne front and center with Cress was a real treat :D I can't wait for Fairest and Winter to come out!! Awesome review ^^

    PS- I know I already favorited your tweet about the series getting made into films or anime, but it bears repeating: YES I NEED THIS TO HAPPEN!

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