I’ll admit that I absolutely adored Cinder and Scarlet, and I was worried that Cress wouldn’t hold up to my expectations. After all, not many authors can keep up the quality throughout a whole series. Why did I question Marissa Meyer? She’s never written anything short of amazing! Cress was everything I was looking forward to and more.
In Cress, we’re introduced to Crescent Moon, a perfectly average Lunar teenager. Wait, no. That’s not right. Cress is far from your average teenager, Lunar or otherwise. For one, she’s Queen Levana’s main hacker, responsible for keeping an eye on the Commonwealth and ensuring that Lunar surveillance isn’t detected. As if that isn’t enough, she’s been locked up, all alone, in a satellite for most of her life! She keeps herself busy by following the feeds on Kai, Cinder, Thorne, and the rest of the crew of the Rampion, dreaming that one day Thorne will realize she’s a true damsel in distress and be compelled to save her.
I can’t say much more than that about the plot without giving away major spoilers, so I’ll just say that Cress is pretty great. The beloved cast of characters from the previous Lunar Chronicles is back, too, and we even get a glimpse into the beginning of Prince Emperor Kai’s rule. Minor characters from previous books begin to take on a larger role in Cress, and tiny details from earlier in the series end up having a huge impact.
I don’t know how Marissa Meyer managed to twist these classic fairy tales and merge them all together into one huge, new world, but she did, and it’s incredible. I’ll be waiting on the edge of my seat for another year until Winter finally comes out!
Final rating: ★★★★★
[see my original review here]