Friday Favorite: Cress

This post was also published as an assignment on my website for my online journalism class.

Friday Favorites is a weekly post where I share favorite books or series of mine that I’ve previously read. Hopefully they’ll become favorites of yours too!

I previously published this as a review for the third installment of the Lunar Chronicles series, but thought I could also use it as a Friday Favorite for this week!

Cress is the third installment of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles. (Photo by Sabrina Scarpino/SAIT Polytechnic)
Cress is the third installment of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. (Photo by Sabrina Scarpino/SAIT Polytechnic)

I thought this book did a great job of balancing out all the characters, both new and old, and setting up for the next book in the series. Cress was instantly like-able, and her story-line was well thought out and written. Unique, yet integral to the rest of the characters and the overall story. I loved her connections and relationships with the characters (especially a certain two, but because of spoilers I won’t say who!). The parallels between her story in this novel and the original Rapunzel fairy-tale were also well done, and I liked the quotes from the original story at the beginning of each section.

However, this isn’t my favorite novel in the series because it was lacking the page-turning twists and turns like the first book, Cinder. This book in my opinion really set up for the fourth and final book in the series by introducing some new characters (Hey, Winter!) saying good-bye to others and setting up the story-lines and relationships that we will see played out in the final book.

I still really enjoyed this novel, and it’s hard not to thanks to Meyer’s skillful writing. If you’ve read the previous books in this series, then definitely continue on with this one, and if you’re new, then you better get started on the first one so you can start reading Cress!

Here’s a synopsis for Cress from Meyer’s website:

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 prevent her army from invading Earth.

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 being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Be sure to visit the website to read a teaser for chapter one.

Interested in ordering a copy for yourself? Purchase a hardcover copy or eBook at Chapters/Indigo, or your local book retailer.

Want to learn more about the Lunar Chronicles? Check out the author’s website, and check out apost I did on the first novel, Cinder.


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