Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Feiwel & Friends
Published February 4, 2014
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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 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.
Even though I read this book years ago when it came out, I somehow never actually posted a review? I reviewed the other books in the series, but I think I missed this one because I read it a few months before getting married and must have just dropped the ball on it.
This year, I needed a familiar book to read to get through a stressful time, so I figured it would be a good time to listen to the audiobook version of this one. Now I can post the review, so it feels like a total win/win.
I really like Cress a lot. I love that she’s incredibly clever but also incredibly inexperienced with social situations. It was super easy for me to root for her, and I often felt like I was on the edge of my seat, needing her to make it through whatever obstacle she faced.
CRESS also balances the story of Cress herself and the continuation of Cinder and Scarlet‘s stories really well. I found myself connecting to all the characters and really eager to read one more chapter all the way until the end of the book. I love that this book introduced Winter to us as well.
It was nice getting to reread this book and remember how much I enjoyed the series as a whole. I think I have the other books on audiobook as well, so I might end up listening to the whole series again.
Recommended for Ages 12 up.
Cinder, Wolf and Cress are from Luna, located on the moon. Other characters are from earth.
Earth has been experiencing a highly contagious, fatal plague called letumosis.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
Mild profanity used very infrequently.
Kissing between boy and girl. A couple references to physical attraction.
Some people from Luna can use a glamour to change how someone sees them or to control what they think or do.
Some battle scenes. Some graphic descriptions of torture including hallucinations of spiders in one scene.
References to drinking alcohol.
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