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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

4.49 of 5 stars 4.49  ·  rating details  ·  74,621 ratings  ·  10,437 reviews
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
Hardcover, 550 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
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Steph Sinclair
This is my 100th book of 2013 and it was magnificent.

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When I first jumped on the Lunar Chronicles bandwagon, I was late to the party. I tend to avoid any novel in the blogosphere that is garnering a ton of hype, due to past experiences where the hype completely killed my enjoyment. However, I dove into Cinder trepidatiously and came out completely in love, mostly thanks to the sweet nostalgia feelings from the cleverly added Sailor Moon references. And if that wasn’t clear bef

"When she was jut a child, the witch locked her away in a tower that had neither doors nor stairs."

Cinder?...and Rapunzel? a desert? 2014?
Can life get any more depressing?!?!?! It sounds so interesting but also sooooo far away! I just read Scarlet and now I have to wait a whole year!!!!
It's like....

(was that the perfect gif or what?)

Oh and Scarlet and Wolf better be there too or I'll just...I'll just:

In the mean time....

The cover for these book
Kat O'Keeffe
Every single book in this series is FANTASTIC! Winter just became my most anticipated book of next year. I cannot wait to see how this series concludes!

Full review to come :)



Are you absolutely sure you don't want to give it to me now??

Like, positive?


Oh, and I had it straight from Marissa herself that, yes, Scarlet and Wolf will be in Cress with POVs!!! (I think the POV is Scarlet's though)

4.5 stars.


Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

This review contains spoilers for books one and two in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Scarlet.

Okay. Words. I need to put together words for this book, but I can't because THIS BOOK.

It's a big, honking long book, and trust me, that's the best part. You never want this ride to end. We're thrust into action and adventure from the get-go. The characters you've come to love throughout the series su
After just finding out that "Cress" stands for "Crescent", this is what is running through my head:

Sorry but this book just dragged on and on. I get that the author is trying to pull multiple POVs together now into one story, but it was very stop/start when done in the same scene. I didn't care very much for this entry in the series. I was so bored with this one that I have very little to say about the dry plot.
dick gansey
May 03, 2013 dick gansey marked it as to-read

It will always be Kai and Cinder.



Opening paragraph:
Her satellite made one full orbit around planet Earth every sixteen hours. It was a prison that came with an endlessly breathtaking view—vast blue oceans and swirling clouds and sunrises that set half the world on fire.

Teaser Sentence as Randomly Selected by Twitter. From page 28:
“I don’t mind the scars.” He shrugged, his eyes taking on a mischievous spark. “They hold better memories now than they used to.”
Five wonderful stars!

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EDIT 12/04/2013


Full review to come.

Original Review 03/09/2013

Just got back from Marissa's signing in Toronto. She told us a number of interesting versions of fairytales which have given me a number of different theories about this book. The biggest being?

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Holy crap what a wild ride! In this 3rd novel of the Lunar Chronicles series, we meet Rapunzel Cress and embark on her unplanned journey to earth. This novel is easily my favorite in the series thus far - and funnily, Rapunzel is also my favorite fairytale princess! We are just meant to be!

We swing into action from the very beginning of this novel, during which we meet Cress and get to know the kind of life she lived inside this satellite for almost a decade. Like always, I love the references t
Jessica ❁ Elsecaller ❁ at Rabid Reads
3.5 stars

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I’ve been very up front about my love of fairy tales, and Rapunzel is one of the only Grimms’ Fairy Tales that has a somewhat happy ending (even if it is a little bit risqué). In the original version, the prince finds Rapunzel after hearing her sing. He comes back day after day to listen to her, and eventually he sees the Witch and learns how to gain entrance to the tower. Which he does. Frequently.

*suggestively waggles eyebrows*

Which brings us to how Witch disco
Oh Lord. This book brings out the terrifying 14 year old fangirl in me.

I thought she was gone, but alas, she is not

Aug 01, 2013 Elena marked it as to-read
THE COVER. OHMYGOSH *______________________*

Sahara Desert!!! *^*

But...2014? Why? Why? Why?????


Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
I was so excited for this one! Getting back in this world, just made me love the series even more. You know those worlds where you forget reality and you're sucked into the fictional world you're reading? This is what happened to me. Cress sucked me right in until I finished the very last page. I loved it. Marissa's writing is so easy and straight forward that you don't get confused whatsoever because everything is there for you to read up on. Pacing is on point and even though you might scoff a ...more
Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie
“I will not be shackled to this satellite anymore.”

• Rapunzel • Crescent •

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 orde
This book exceeded my expectations. I was so worried, 3 storylines is some serious stuff for an author. But Meyer handled it excellently. Cress is the book where the story gets a bit darker and much more serious, where the threats feel intense and important and you realize how great Meyer is when it comes to characterization. I personally loved the pace of the book, the author doesn’t use action for entertainment or distraction like so many others, she develops her plots until the action is need ...more
Christine Riccio
Yesy (The Book Vagrant)
I marathoned all three books in three days, if that tells you anything. And I pulled an all-nighter to finish this one -- so it's time for me to go to bed.


Experiment BL626
I was disappointed with book 2, but I still liked the series. Cress is book 3, and yup. It’s official. The series has lost its luster for me. Scant progress. Scant character growth. Book 3 was essentially the same as book 2, more running away and hiding. Yeah, there were some plot twists here and there and a couple new characters, but our heroes were still running away and hiding, and doing a piss poor job of it.

+ the plot

The book started remarkably slowly considering what had happened at the e
Loved it!
For some reason, I almost feel like I have to defend my love for these books. Is that weird? Or are there really a bunch of you out there giving me the Judgy Eye for being all aflutter every time I read another installment of the Lunar Chronicles? I'm just paranoid, right?

Ok, so...Cress = Rapunzel (or Tangled, as my little girl calls her).
She's been imprisoned in a Tower (read: satellite orbiting the Earth) for years by an evil witch (read: Sybil) Her parents were forced to give
Enter to win an ARC of Cress at Scott Reads It!

Cress was one of my most anticipated books of 2014 and so, I did a gleeful dance when it arrived in the mail. I really didn't know how Meyer could top the absolutely amazing Cinder and Scarlet, both of which are two of my all-time favorite books. Cress is definitely Marissa Meyer's best book to date and it upsets me how there is only one more book left in this series (Winter).

Cress, the titular character is probably my favorite character from Th
*begins mourning period*

So im trying to do reviews of books that i have alredy read and said that i was going to do a review but then i forgot and never did it and you know how i do. So since now it’s been like 84 years i might don’t remember some stuff but let’s give it a try…

This book it’s definetly the best so far and im pretty sure that Winter is going to be even better tbh i have really high expectations on it. Just think how finally we’re having like the whole squad together and it’s so exciting.

Alright let’s sta
Aug 05, 2013 Faith marked it as to-read
*08/05/13 Update*






It sounds so amazing, I just can't.. like no.. waiting is so hard!

Cress comes out in freaking February! My birth month, so it's even harder to wait for considering it feels like I JUST HAD MY BIRTHDAY. But no... I didn't. 7 MORE MONTHS GUYS. IN THE MEANTIME I WILL HAVE TO BE TWIDDLING MY THUMBS

Celine Elk
Best. Book. In. The. Entire. Series. ... Yet.
This book met all of my great expectations. The story was absolutely epic, the characters went through so much development and it was just EPIC. I mean, it's FAIRYTALES AND SCIENCE FICTION. What could go wrong? Nothing!
The ending makes you want Winter right away! I seriously can't wait for it! I need it! It left me with so many yet unanswered questions.
Speaking of Winter, she is such a fantastic character! We only meet her in one single scene, but tha
I have so many things I loved about this book. Cress. Thorne. Cinder. And so many of the different storylines coming to a crossroads. Oh and the twist with the doctor was super good. I simultaneously wanted the story to near it's end and then I didn't. Not sure how I feel about the story continuing. It wasn't complete, but I tend to prefer a trilogy. Anyway, the end was really gratifying and really had me on the edge of my seat. However, I gave it four of five stars because I got a little worn o ...more
I am so sad right now.
This book blew me away. I mean I really enjoy Cinder and Kai. I freaking love Scarlet and Wolf. AND I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THORNE AND CRESS! These two characters are so unbelievably perfect. I didn't want this book and more precisely their story to end. I NEED MORE! :(
I think Cress is one of my all time favourite female protagonists. I mean her actions and behaviour would probably annoy me if she was a normal teenage girl, but Cress' naivety and credulity is just so adorable.
*****Five Stars*****

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Cinder and Thorne are fugitives on the run from Earthens and Lunars alike. Scarlet and Wolf have joined forces with them and together they plan to rescue the hacker (Cress) who has been imprisoned by Queen Levana. When the plan goes awry, the scattered group journeys to regroup and stop the royal wedding. As they plan and get ready to save the world, they learn more horrifying things about Queen Levana. With a huge bounty over Cinder's and Thorne's head
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I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I'm big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I'm represented by Jill Grinberg.

CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. Release date: 3 Jan 2012.
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Other Books in the Series

The Lunar Chronicles (5 books)
  • Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
  • Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
  • Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)
  • Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5, 0.6, 1.5, 3.1, 3.6)
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"Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?"
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. "No. I'm pretty sure it was Cinder.”
“He froze, becoming stone still. As the hover climbed the hill to the palace, his shoulders sank, and he returned his gaze to the window. "She's my alpha," he murmured, with a haunting sadness in his voice.


Cress leaned forward, propping her elbows on her knees, "Like the star?"

"What star?"

She stiffened, instantly embarrassed, and scooted back from him again. "Oh. Um. In a constellation, the brightest star is called the alpha. I thought maybe you meant that she' brightest star." Looking away, she knotted her hands in her lap, aware that she was blushing furiously now and this beast of a man was about to realize what an over-romantic sap she was.

But instead of sneering or laughing, Wolf sighed, "Yes," he said, his gaze climbing up to the full moon that had emerged in the blue evening sky. "Exactly like that.”
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