Cress Review (Science Fiction Fairy Tale)

CressIn this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Cress Review

Uhm… “meh”?? I mean, don’t get me wrong, it was definitely better than Scarlet, but Cress still doesn’t hit the same bar that Cinder did. I think the problem might be the only two characters I’ve been able to care about at all are Cinder and Iko. With every other one, there’s something about their personalities (or lack thereof) which just rubs me the wrong way. 3 Star Rated Review

I will say that I think Meyer played Cress’ behavior well. How she acted was pretty much what you’d expect from someone who has had extremely limited social interactions. I liked that she depended on daydreams to help her get through situations. It also makes me smile whenever one of the expected norms (in this case, the gender of the hacker) is turned on its head. I also appreciated that she shows Cinder feeling the weight of her responsibilities and dealing with her new powers. The ending where we meet the final princess was almost good, and I admit that I can’t place exactly what princess this one is supposed to be.

Unfortunately, that’s really all the things I can mention from this book that I liked. The rest of it, while not bad, was kind of a tedious read because of its lack of substance. I love fairytales, when they’re done right. However,  I feel like Meyer only ‘did it right’ with the first book in this series, and hasn’t been able to bulls-eye it again.

I’m sure many people will like this book, especially the young adults its aimed at, but I didn’t really care for it, and I will not be finishing this series. Too many good books out there to waste time on ones I don’t care for.

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Title: Cress | Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3 | Author: Marissa Meyer (site) | Publisher: Feiwel and Friends | Pub. Date: 2014-2-4 | Pages: 550 | ISBN13: 9780312642976 | Genre(s): Fantasy & Young Adult | Language: English | Triggers: Mentioned infant death | Rating: 3 out of 5 |  Date Read: 2016-3-2 | Source: Library

9 thoughts on “Cress Review (Science Fiction Fairy Tale)

    1. It makes me wonder, sometimes, what’s the cause of something like this. I don’t know anything about her, but did she just try to rush out the other books too quickly? Did she only really have the idea for Cinder but then the publishers wanted her to write more?

      1. It’s entirely possible. There was another author I used to follow when I was younger and then all if a sudden her books started to get really bad and I gave up on her. I’ve been told they’ve improved a lot since then and I’ve got them planned to reread at some stage but I find it difficult to get along with some authors whose first book or books are really great and then the others are a bit of a disappointment

        1. Sounds like Laurel K Hamilton. Soo good then so bad. Then apparently good again but I just can’t

            1. Well, if you do get brave enough to try her again, let me know. I feel like they started going downhill right after Obsidian Butterfly.

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