Throwback Thursday: Cress Review

Continuing on my review of the Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer, I am review Cress, the third book in this quartet.

Cress by Marissa Meyer


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 higher 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.


Personally this is my least favourite book in the series as I find that the characters are too fragmented and there are too many storylines to follow. While they do eventually intersect, I felt that there were many times when the separated character’s story was impeding the flow of the main action. While the information presented is important to the plot, it detracted from the main action.

This is so much better than a net drama.

I also felt that this book hinged too much on coincidence. While I understand that this happens in all the other books, this time there is not explanation for this coincidence, just timing and sheer luck. The fact that this plot could so easily fall apart if timing that was out of the character’s control went wrong really bothered me, as well as how long passages of time between events pass incredibly quickly really annoyed me.

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

I feel like this book is the one that suffers from ‘middle book syndrome’ when all that happens is a set up for the ending from the action packed start. I give this book four stars.

4 stars

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