VIDEO Discussion with Belle: CRESS by Marissa MeyerCress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Also in this series: Cinder, Scarlet, Fairest, Winter
Published by Macmillan on February 4th, 2014
Pages: 550
Genres: Young Adult, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction
Also by this author: Cinder, Scarlet, Fairest, Winter
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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.

Cress is book 3 in the Lunar Chronicles. This story started with Cinder then continued with Scarlet. Cress is action packed and kept me on the edge of my seat. Cress expands the world building I have come to love and introduces some very interesting characters. It’s too easy to tell you I loved it, I want to gush about why.

*This review contains spoilers about the first two books in The Lunar Chronicles*

We start off with an introduction to the character Cress, who is living alone on a satellite. She has been there for 7 long years. Cinder and the crew are still trying to plan their next move when it occurs to them to try to contact the girl who helped them earlier with information about Levana and her plans for take over. Cress directs them to rescue her and that is basically where the action begins. Cress, Scarlet, and Thorne are separated from the group, and their adventure back will be full of danger and show us Luna for the first time. Cinder and Dr. England devise a daring plan to ruin Levana’s plan to marry Emperor Kai. We get the reunion we were hoping for and the promise of much more of Lunar in the next book.

Cress is an amazing addition to this story. She is so cute and naive I want to hide her away from the rest of the world.

Cinder starts off in a bad place, but then she slowly steals the show. She gets to confront an old enemy and gets the reunion we have all been waiting for.

Scarlet gets into big trouble in this story. Her humanity really gets exploited.

Kai has his hands tied in this book. His only action in this story is a reaction to his situation.

Wolf shows his true colors in this story. Apparently, wolves are very loyal and Wolf has the most swoon worthy reaction I have ever read.

Thorne keeps up his smugness even thou he looses a lot in this story.

Iko gets off the ship, how cool is that?

Jacin is another addition to this story, but I have very mixed feelings about him.

Dr. Erland gets the one thing he longed for in the 1st book.

This story is so complex. We get multiple POVs in this story. I loved the switching back and forth even though I usually hate that, because I really wanted to see what each character was doing. All of the characters have major growth in this tale. It is rare to see a group of people so damned likeable, but I rooted for each one of them. (except Levana, of course) I loved how Meyer explored the topic of crush verses slow burn love. I hated that certain characters were seperated, but it was heartwarming to see their reactions to being apart. Cress has much more world building along. We see more places and more of the technology that is available. Beyond the flying around in space, we get to see Bejing Palace in a whole new way, the hopelessness of the Sahara desert, an African town with an affinity for Lunars, and our first good look at the civilization of the Lunars.

I think this is a great installment in the Lunar Chronicles but it is not without it’s disappointments. I give this book 4/5 stars because some of it is just too crazy. Since I love this series it works out, but I could never recommend this book to someone who hasn’t read the first and second story. That makes this less than 5 stars, in my opinion. So much happens in this book that it is hard to express my feelings without spoiling the storyline. I was so excited about this read, that I corralled my daughter into doing a discussion video about it. We are both really excited about Winter‘s up coming release. This video is FULL of SPOILERS! Please don’t watch this unless you have read Cress. Here is a break down of what we talk about:

  • First impressions of Cress.
  • Who on the team is the most a-dork-able.
  • What you absolutely need to be part of the inner circle in the Lunar Chronicles.
  • The person who we think is the biggest meany-head.
  • The new character that is coo-coo-for-cocoa-puffs.
  • Why hair cuts suck.
  • The most heartbreaking part of the book.
  • Why we ship Wolf and Scarlet the most.
  • Jewelry we wish we could have to show our fangirl-ness.
  • Why being blind can also be funny.
  • Where we would have liked to be a fly on the wall.
  • The person we most relate to in this series.
  • Whose skills were more useful.
  • The best place in the world to be a cyborg and Lunar.
  • The reunion we were all waiting for.
  • Who feels like the biggest dunce in the book.
  • The idea of escort droids.
  • Who’s the biggest LUNAR.
  • The basic human response to becoming a pet.
  • What to do with all the grumpy people we have met on the way.

Some of this list is even spoiler-ish, sorry. We will probably be doing more discussions because this one was so much fun.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the book, and maybe the video. What was your favorite part of the Lunar Chronicles so far, or the part(s) that stuck with you the most? Are you dying for Winter, like we are?

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