ARC Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Posted December 19, 2013 by Debby in Book Reviews

ARC Book Review: Cress by Marissa MeyerCress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 4th, 2014
Genres: Fairy Tale Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 560
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only 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 goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

5 Stars

Before Cress, I was already listing The Lunar Chronicles as one of my favorite series at the moment. But Cress freaking cemented it as one of my all-time favorite series. This book. THIS BOOK. With its 560 pages. It was amazing and addictive, and by far the best of the series so far.

Cress has to be pretty much my favorite character. Right from the first chapter, I was in love with her. She reminded me a lot of Clara, as Oswin, in the Asylum of the Daleks, the first episode of series 7 of Doctor Who. Nope, I can’t pass up a Doctor Who reference opportunity. Sorry not sorry.

In this case, there’s a good reason, okay?

So Cress is stuck in this satellite, can’t do anything, but finds quirky ways to amuse herself and tries to make a difference and help others with her kickass computer hacking skills, despite her limitations. She was just adorable. Though she is seriously lonely, she tries to bury that. So while Cress wasn’t the fierce, kickass female character, I absolutely love her – probably more than I love Cinder and Scarlet. She may not have been as quirky and outspoken as Clara, but she stole my heart anyway because she was way too adorbs.


I also really love her and Thorne. I ship it. I ship it hard. It is my favorite ship of the series. From the first chapters, where she has her child-like idolizing crush on him, to where they meet and she tries to convince him of his goodness, to all the times he looks out for her, to that moment in that battle… Oh my gosh. It was absolutely freaking perfect. And, without a doubt, their chapters together were my favorites.


However, I must confess, I ship all the ships in this series. Cinder and Kai, the struggles they go through, with the doubts they have about each other, it was absolutely endearing. I even found myself shipping Scarlet and Wolf this time around. While I was not a fan of them in Scarlet, the plot here definitely works in the ship’s favor. I was surprised at how many Wolf feels I had, but I dare you to try to ignore his pain. I can even already tell that I’m going to fall hard for Winter’s ship. It’s unusual for me to actually be an active fan of so many canon ships, but this shows how great Marissa Meyer builds up different relationships (and they are, indeed, all very different). Each relationship really had this irresistible fairy tale romance quality. I couldn’t fight it, even if I wanted to, which I definitely did not.

There’s more to this story than the romance though. The plot packs a punch. At 560 pages, this is the longest book I read this year. Seriously. But it didn’t feel that long at all. It was just addictive. I needed more, more, more. I wasn’t too familiar with the Rapunzel fairy tale, so what happened with Thorne… So many feelings! I just loved the personal struggles, the world, the action, the politics – seriously, hooray for those chapters from Kai’s POV. And Dr. Erland! asdfjkl; Even the secondary characters are done justice. I just loved everything about this book. I was so anxious when the group was separated and seriously pleased when they were united again and kicking butt like a team. It’s a rich cast of characters who I just love to see in action together. I really loved the different characters, because I do feel like they’re all very different, but also very likable. I think Cress really helped with that because each character goes through a different plot and struggle, and I had no difficulty telling the POVs apart. It was just plain wonderful.

Summing Up:

I don’t know what else to tell you, guys. If this book is not on your “most anticipated in 2014” list, you need to fix that. If you’re not reading this series… I don’t really know what to say to you. This is absolutely fantastic: great characters, wonderful world building, engrossing writing, plenty of feels, and ships that are setting sail. I need Winter. I’m almost upset that I got to borrow an ARC of Cress because that means I need to wait more than a year for Winter. Except not really. Borrowing this ARC is one of the highlights of the year. And this book is definitely one of my favorites of the year.

GIF it to me straight!


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15 responses to “ARC Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

  1. I ship Cress/Thorne and Cinder/Thorne and Cinder/Kai and Scarlet/Wolf! SHIP THEM ALL. Haha, yes, when I read the ARC I was like.. But.. But.. Now I have to wait even longer 😮 It was long, but it still felt too short – and that’s when you know you’ve read a wonderful book.

  2. I have Cress preordered and I’d totally love to get an ARC of it before!!
    I had no idea it was 560 pages long but I’m sure I’m gonna love it! I just cannot wait to read it!
    Great review, I loved all the souffle girl GIFs!!

  3. The Lunar Chonicles is my favorite series, and I absolutely loved Clara/Oswin in Asylum of the Daleks, so you saying that Cress reminded you of her makes me really happy and even more excited for the book! 😀
    Awesome review and awesome gifs!!!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  4. I am so excited for Cress, this review just makes me feel giddy all over so please excuse me while I flail: QHFUEFUIWEHGUWHEGUHWGRBUGHRWGBER

    Sorry about that, anyway, I am so excited for this one and reading all the ships makes me feel awesome! Even the chapter samplers I’ve read make me ship Thorne and Cress so hard! And I’m looking forward to a Kai/Cinder reunion. I also never really liked Scarlet/Wolf together (compared to other ships) but I really hope that’ll change for me with this book! Awesome review & you’ve made me excited for Cress even more (if that was possible) 🙂

  5. So I quite enjoyed Cinder and liked Scarlet. I’m hoping that I’ll love (or at least quite enjoy) Cress. Interesting to hear that Cress and Thorne become a ship – although that makes me happy that he’s out of the way as a potential conflict for Cinder/Kai. And yay for all distinctive ships. Always a good thing. 🙂
    Your review has made me even more excited to read Cress. Fingers crossed that I end up loving it.

  6. I keep meaning to read this one, but I keep holding off because I am so nervous about the long wait between Cress and Winter! I love that everyone who has read it so far (at least, among my friends) has LOVED it. It makes me eager to dive right back in! I did love Thorne even in the last one, so I’m happy that he’s getting his own “fairy tale” in Cress in particular 🙂

  7. I love that the story is turning into a dark tale. I am also very excited about Winter, and the end of the book made me scream “NO NO NO.”

    I think I am going to be the sole person who dislikes Cress. I didn’t care for Rapunzel in Tangled, and the two characters are very similar. I still love Scarlett, I just wish she would have a better boyfriend.

    I’m going to be really depressed when this series ends.

  8. Good God Almighty I NEED this book. Every time I see someone post an ARC review of it a piece of me withers away and dies because I’m going to have to wait 60ish more days before I can have my hands on it. I know it’ll be totally worth it. And then to have to wait for Winter! It’s going to be way too much. Way too much indeed.

  9. omg! I love the way you review things! I can tell I’m going to love this book. At this moment, I’m looking at all the Cress reviews online, trying to satisfy my craving for this book, but it only intensifies it, and I can’t stop! Can’t wait to read it! 😀

  10. Definitely my favorite of the series so far too! It was SO amazing. The characters, the setting the action… really everything was just perfect!