Book Reviews

Cress – Marissa Meyer

Rating: 5 – Spoilers are below!

This book has it all. Marissa Meyer’s is bringing more and more to each of the Lunar Chronicle novels and Cress is my favourite. The adventures of Cinder continues and so many amazing things take place. Let’s get started!

Cress Marissa Meyer Book Review


“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 a company. All that screen time has made Cress and excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track 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.”

Introducing Crescent Moon

Cress’s full name is Crescent Moon and she is a Shell. In the world of Lunar’s, a Shell is someone who does not have any powers. This means they can not use the Lunar gift of illusion nor can they be tricked by that gift.

Queen Levana cannot have anyone see through her illusion so all Shells were taken at birth and murdered. At least that is what all the parents were told. In reality, the Lunar Queen kept all the Shells in captivity and used them to create the devastating disease that plagues the commonwealth.

However, Cress was used for a different purpose. Her hacker skills. She wanted to be accepted by the Lunar’s who despise Shells by helping them with and of their tasks, including bugging Emperor Kai’s palace.

Eventually the need to be accepted by the Lunars turned to sabotage. Cress no longer wanted to be accepted by them because she knew it was never going to happen. Instead, she decided to take matters into her own hands and work agains the Lunar Queen.

Ever wonder why Cinder and Captain Thorne’s ship never got caught while flying around the universe?

That was all Cress. She made sure that no one was able to detect them. Plus, if you remember from Cinder. The chip in Nainsi was connected to Cress’s satellite. Cress warned Cinder about Levana’s plans which prompted Cinder to go to the ball in the first place.

Meyer is so good at leave little crumbs of connections throughout the series!

The Plan

My favourite part of this novel is the plan to kidnap the Emperor. If you can’t fight the Queen to stop the wedding, steal her groom.

Seems reasonable and works just the same!

Why do I love this part some much?

You get to see how the group works together. Iko gets in with the androids, Cinder steals the invitations from her step mother, Wolf and Cress attend as guests and wait for The Captain and Dr. Erland’s distraction.

It is exciting and nerve wracking because you don’t know if it will all work out. Will someone get hurt? Will the Queen stop them? What happens next if they succeed?

Overall, I adore Cress. I believe we all have little bit of Cress inside of us when it comes to setting out on a new adventure. We all have our dreams and expectations of a journey and when reality sets in it can sometimes be disappointing. However, with Cress’s attitude and persistence she is able to see through those disappointments in order to see the good.

What is you favourite part about Cress?

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