Summary from Amazon:
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.
Wow. Wow, wow, wow. How do I even review this book? I do not want to give away spoilers, however, Cress is the third book in The Lunar Chronicles series, so if you haven’t read the first two books, beware. Also, if you haven’t read the first two – why the heck not?
Obviously, I loved Cress, both the book and the title character. Meyer is continuing her fairytale retelling series by focusing on Rapunzel this time around. We first met Cress briefly in the first book, Cinder. Cress has been trapped in a satellite for years, being forced to help Queen Levana with her amazing computer and hacker skills. Having been kept in this satellite, all by herself, for years, has made Cress a bit lonely.
You guys, I loved Cress so much. Although I have loved all three of Meyer’s main characters (Cinder, Scarlet & Cress), Cress is the one I love the most. I just related to her in so many ways. She’s definitely not as tough and overtly kick-ass as Scarlet or Cinder, but that’s what made me like her so much. Don’t get me wrong, Cress is full of bravery, but she also doesn’t hide her emotions. When she’s afraid she might cry out, and when she’s crushing on a certain American captain, it’s kind of obvious. But even though she shows her emotions, she still does what she can to help Cinder and the gang, despite her obvious fear.
Going along with the whole Rapunzel retelling in Cress, Thorne is sort of the “prince” character in this novel. You guys, Thorne seriously grew on me. I wasn’t sure at first, because he’s kind of ridiculous, but holy cow, my feelings changed. I mean, he’s still ridiculous at times, but he adds so much comic relief. He’s always great at diffusing tense situations. But there’s a lot more to Thorne, and he really looks out for Cress. Of course, Cress looks out for Thorne as well. Especially when Thorne ends up losing his eyesight. Actually, one thing that I loved about Thorne was that he didn’t throw a fit when he lost his sight. Not that he was happy about it, either, of course, but there were no pity parties.
Meyer is amazing at adding new characters to The Lunar Chronicles, while continuing to adequately focus on the characters from the previous books. Seriously you guys, Meyer excels at this. Even though the main focus is on Cress, almost as much focus is on Cinder and the others from the previous two books. Cinder and her friends are really working together and they’re forming plans. Not everything works out how they would like, and it’s heart wrenching when the team gets separated, but Meyer touches in with each of the characters, albeit some more than others. Basically what I’m saying is that the pacing and plotting is spot on. It’s nearly impossible to put this book down.
I listened to Cress via audiobook, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Rebecca Soler, the narrator, does a wonderful job voicing the many different characters. With so many characters, it could be easy to fail at voicing them, but Soler handles it beautifully. She has an unique voice for all the main characters, and I never became confused on whom was saying what.
I really can’t think of anything that I would change about Cress. Perhaps the only thing that I would like is more time with Cress. She’s probably one of my favorite characters ever. The Lunar Chronicles has become one of my favorite series, right up there with Harry Potter and His Dark Materials, and one of the few series that I have been keeping up with lately. I love how the female characters are so strong, in their own ways, and how their strengths are what help them succeed. You guys, the only bad thing about finishing Cress, is having to wait a year to read Winter, the final installment of The Lunar Chronicles.