Cress: A Re-read Review

Posted November 27, 2015 by Carlisa in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

Cress: A Re-read ReviewCress by Marissa Meyer
Also by this author: Fairest, Cinder, Scarlet
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 4, 2014
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Fairytale, Retelling, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 550
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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.

Re-read reviews are always really hard for me because I don’t know what to say. So, I’m just going to list the three main reasons why I love Cress so much and why it was my favorite Lunar Chronicles book (before I read Winter):

  1. The addition of the Rapunzel story. 
    Rapunzel has always been a favorite of mine. Tangled will forever be one of my favorite movies because she’s just wonderful. Literally, in my sophomore Speech Class in high school, we had to do a “campaign” speech, and I ran to be the next Rapunzel. No joke.
    So I love that Meyer added Rapunzel into it. But with that awesome sci-fi/fantasy twist. Cress (aka Rapunzel) isn’t in a tower. She’s in a freaking satellite, working as the Queen’s cyber-expert. It’s totally awesome.
    Besides the fact that she’s the Rapunzel character…I just love her. She’s really shy, but once she’s comfortable, she can definitely be spunky. Erm, so basically me. Just kidding. She and I are very different in certain ways. Like the fact that I know nothing about computer hacking and coding.
    But she does romanticize everything, which sometimes I do, too. Romantic comedies can do that to a girl, okay?
  3. The quotes.
    I love quotes, and Marissa Meyer never fails. Here are some of my favorites:

    ‘Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?
    He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. ‘No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder.'”

    “‘You said yourself that the people of Luna need a revolutionary.’ She lifted her chin, holding his gaze. ‘So I’m going to Luna, and I’m going to start a revolution.'”

    “‘You can help me pick out a tiara when we’re done saving the world.’

    “‘Maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.'”

    “‘I am an explorer,’ she whispered, ‘setting courageously off into the wild unknown.’ It was not a daydream she’d ever had before, but she felt the familiar comfort of her imagination wrapping around her. She was an archeologist, a scientist, a treasure hunter. She was a master of land and sea. ‘My life is an adventure.’ she said, growing confident as she opened her eyes again. ‘I will not be shackled to this satellite anymore.’
    Thorne tilted his head to one side. He waited for three heartbeats before sliding one hand down into hers. ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about,’ he said. ‘But we’ll go with it.'”

  4. The building tension.
    Each each Lunar Chronicles book, another fairy tale is added into the mix. With this book, we have Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel. So the plot is thickening, intensifying—all this wonderful good stuff that makes me want to forever keep reading. I love the intertwining of stories like this. It’s just so creative and unique and wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
  5. Of course, THE SHIP.
    Cress + Thorne = Warm, fuzzy feelings.
    Thorne’s overt flirtiness and Cress’s overt shyness (but also overt love for the romanticized version of him) is a lovely combination that will be sure to make you smile. Seriously.

I love Cress lots and lots. Finally, we start to see the story build up and up and up to what is surely the grand and epic conclusion of the 800+ page Winter. Seriously, I love it. Go read this series if you haven’t already. They’re so fun.


  • I keep telling myself that I need to re-read the series before I start Winter. I’ve been so lazy, and slightly scared to read the massive brick that Winter is. Cress and Thorne are my ultimate OTP. I love them with my entire heart and soul.

    • Re-reading was so helpful because I realized I forget 95% of Cress. BUT Winter was so good. It was action-packed and swoon-worthy and just wonderful.

  • Alyssaz

    Cress and Thorne together were the BEST part of this book!