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Cress

by Marissa Meyer

Feiwel & Friends | February 4, 2014 | Hardcover

Cress is rated 4.4545 out of 5 by 11.
In this third book in Marissa Meyer''s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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 prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 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 of Cress 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 560 pages, 8.49 × 5.74 × 1.86 in

Published: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312642970

ISBN - 13: 9780312642976

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Uniquely Great Fantasy The third book of the "Lunar Chronicles" weaves three plots into a action-packed, suspense-filled story that's spell-binding from beginning to end. "Cress" begins with Cinder, Captain Carswell Thorne, Scarlet and Wolf evading not only Levana and her spies but also the forces of the Eastern Commonwealth. Determined to save Emperor Kai from a tyrannical lunar queen who wants the crown but not the monarch, the four unconventional allies begin formulating a plan to save him. Hovering above the earth in a satellite with only her netscreens and daydreams for company Crescent(Cress) Moon has been tracking Cinder and her friends; one of them the man she harbours admiration and affection for. When Levana's lackey, the thaumaturge Sybil, who's kept her prized hacker imprisoned since childhood discovers that her rescue is imminent, she devises a plot to capture her liberators. What follows is a harrowing escape that will test Cress's endurance and willpower, and help her secure an unexpected alliance. She will not only find that her life's in extreme peril but that the price of her freedom may be costly. In the third thread of these interwoven plots Emperor Kai and his people are recovering from monstrous and bloody attacks against the earth. Hating the thought of marrying the vicious lunar queen, and having been warned about her threat against his life, Kai continues preparations for the ceremony, fearing it's the only way to bring peace and gain the letumosis antidote. But secreted in the deep recesses of his mind is a profound desire to find the lost princess, the only hope for saving the earth from lunar domination, and to keep his greatest weakness hidden- his love for Cinder. Blended into a story that's looks at equality and unity, hatred and prejudice, are woven strong elements of self-sacrifice, enduring friendship, love, hope and justice. The plotlines are well-developed and converge in an ending that's begs for another book. As events unfold the momentum of the story progresses quickly, its twists and turns never altering the basic fabric of the story. The characters are fascinating and realistic, their flaws and strengths moulded by the harrowing trials they face. Lindh Cinder is tough, resilient and resourceful even though her actions at times are impulsive in her need not only to save her friends but perhaps the world. Scarlett is a strong-willed, no-nonsense personality who's bluntness and sheer courage lead her into making rash decisions. In comparison Cress is insecure, naive, and afraid, although she's a good judge of character and with love finds new self- confidence and a backbone. Of the male personalities Emperor Kai is an insecure but a dedicated leader whose self-sacrifice blinds him to other courses of action that might save the earth. Wolf the ex-street fighter's a chameleon, hiding the vicious and deadly animal within behind rigid composure and strength of will. Captain Carswell Thorne masks a kind,compassionate and thoughtful heart behind careless remarks, recklessness and self-proclaimed greed. Of the antagonists, Thaumaturge Sybil is overly confident and brutally cruel while Queen Levana is a lethal, power-hungry manipulator who hides a malicious heart behind beauty and stringent diplomacy. All these characters and more add energy, drama and passion to a highly original and creative plot. I loved "Cress" the third book in a series that keeps getting better and better. My hat's off to Marissa Meyer for an enchanting story that you can't put down.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read!! The third book in The Lunar Chronicles can be described in one word, perfection. Cress, the main character, is stuck in a satellite. If you guys don't already know, Cress is a retelling of Rapunzel. Cress was everything I has hoping for, and it just blew my mind away. I had a few problems with Scarlet, the second book in the series, so I was hoping this one would be much better. IT WAS SO MUCH BETTER. If I had to choose, this one would probably be my favorite out of the three! That was kind of a hard decision to make because Cinder has such a dear place in my heart. Anyhow, Cress was 560 pages of action, love, friendship, and so many more. I'm going to go ahead and start talking about the amazing characters in this book. Cress being stuck in a satellite for about seven years lacks in social activities. She's kind of awkward and shy, but I absolutely LOVE that about her. Cress looks at everything in such a different way, I found that to be very refreshing. Also, being stuck in a satellite has allowed her to become a fantastic hacker! A HACKER! You probably thinking a shy girl? a hacker? It doesn't make sense! Well, I loved that Cress had that bad side of her, and she was just so cool when she was hacking! As you guys might already know, all the other characters played a major role in this book as well! It was so awesome to see all the characters working together to defeat Queen Levana. What I most love about the characters here is that each one is so unique and diverse, yet they fit so perfectly like a puzzle. The world building, do I even need to talk about how perfect that was as well? Honestly, it felt like I was all over the planet. I was at the moon, Earth, and space. It was such a crazy ride, and I loved every bit of it. I'm kind of amazed at how Marissa Meyer was able to include so many places yet still able to connect them all in a professional manner. Wait, did I not talk about the adorable romance that took place in this book? I did not! Well, the romance was so cute I would always giggle when the two (I kind of don't want to spoil who the male is) were together!! I was so happy about the couple, and they were just perfect together! The ending was great! We got to meet another character, and it doesn't take a genius to know it was Winter! The main protagonist in the next book, which unfortunately, comes out in 2015!! I try not to think too much about that. Well, if my review didn't convince you to pick this book up as soon as possible, YOU SHOULD. If you haven't read this series yet, YOU SHOULD. You won't regret it!
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Plot Thickens I bought and read this book in the beginning of April and while it was slow in some parts (mostly because the plot was getting so exciting and I was to impatient to have to read parts where their going some where or something along those lines) I Really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed seeing a bit of Winter in the book though she does seem crazy at times, she also seems like she is smart. Cress is a wonderful character to add to the series, she is probably the most introvert person in the series so far, which I love about her, I can't wait till the next book comes out!!
Date published: 2014-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from agreed with last reviewer....slowest in the series..but still good as all series goes there is always the weakest link among them. in lunar chronicles it is this book. we have 3 main perspectives (cinder, cress, kai) and a few minor povs (levana, mira, scarlet, thorne, etc) to bring the story together. cress is the star in this book we are introduced to her story and her new membership with cinder's "band of misfits". her character is ok, i enjoyed cinder and scarlet much more. not much action in these book, but things are tied up. at the end we are finally introduced to the final character- the infamous princess winter (main character for the final book 4). stay put people because the last book is going to good!!! let's see how it all ends although we all know...right?
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Worst One Out So Far... But Still Pretty Good Marissa Meyer always surprises me with her outstanding novels. They are so dystopian and different from any other books I've ever read. I have to say that the first two books were better than this one. Something was missing in this one, but until this moment, I still can't figure it out. I love how in each book, a new protagonist is added into the bunch, and they all sort of work together. Cress was probably my favourite protagonist out of them all. She's been through so much and is so... mysterious and intelligent. She sees things outside of the box and the author makes her sound beautiful and pleasant. The romance between her and Captain Thorne just gave me the shivers cause I wanted more to happen between them. It was basically just flirting! As well as Cress, Scarlet and Cinder have definitely grown throughout this novel. They all have been treated unfairly by the Lunars, so it's time for them to shine and to be free. I'm glad that they sort of got that chance during this novel.  At some points, it got a little dull, but that didn't stop me from loving and enjoying this book as well as the rest of the series. ONE MORE YEAR FOR WINTER? NO WAY. :(
Date published: 2014-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Fourth One Can't Get Here Fast Enough! Another solid instalment in the Lunar Chronicles series. I loved Cinder, and while I wasn't as big a fan of Scarlet as much as I hoped I would be, there was still a lot to enjoy, and even more so in the third book in the series. By the time Cress starts, there are a lot of threads to follow as the plot continues to unfold. Some of these plot threads are brought to a conclusion in Cress, but theres still plenty of story here left for the next instalment of the series. Luckily, we're in good hands here. Meyer has developed several very different romances all happening at once. Each are interesting and relatable in their own way, although my favourite is still the relationship between Cinder and Kai.  Like in the first two, Cress takes a lot of inspiration from its fairytale counterpart, this time Rapunzel, without losing the sci fi-future element that makes the Lunar Chronicles stand out from the pack. There are some great teasers in store within Cress for what's to come. It's certainly going to be a long wait for Winter.
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I NEED the final book! Oh my gosh this was my TOP anticipated read for 2014 and it didn't disappoint AT ALL! My love for all these characters is stronger than I could ever explain! They're not necessarily all original characters as I've seen the like in many other novels and series but putting them all (mainly the main 8 characters) together on this mission is just genius and extremely fun to read about! Their friendship and the way they interact with one another is just beautiful, caring and most of the time hilarious (Love you Thorne). There are about 5 plots happening throughout most of the book and this usual doesn't turn out well because I end up liking some plot lines and get bored reading the others. But this book wasn't like that. No part made me wish "oh i wish it would go back to Cress and Thorne in the Sahara". I enjoyed all the plots and got through this 550 paged book faster then I do with 330 paged books so props to you Marissa Meyer. Not to mention the immense amounts of action and suspense in this book it just kept me HOOKED. These characters make a perfect gang of "revolutionaries" ;). That glimpse of Princess Winter got me really curious for how this series will end and I've got a few ideas. I just don't know how I'm gonna wait so long. Oh lord.
Date published: 2014-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ama-za-zing Book I had preordered this book in January. I am so very pleased with it! I think it continues the series so well and it was perfectly action packed without making it boring or repetitive. Definitely would recommend this to anyone who likes YA or Sci-Fi!
Date published: 2014-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After There aren't very many YA book series I recommend to everyone - but The Lunar Chronicles is one of them, and Cress convinced me of that! Cress is a great addition to Marissa Meyer's series, and fits in nicely with the first two books. On top of that, Cress stands out as its own book with its own story and characters - with this third book, you can readily see how different the characters are and how each book has a different "feel" to it! Reasons to Read: 1. Complex, detailed plot development: You see hints of this in Cinder and Scarlet, but by the time we get to Cress it's becoming clearer how much detail and thought Marissa has put in to this story. There are all sorts of secrets and twists that begin to make a lot of sense! 2. Cress' character stands out on her own: One of my favourite things about The Lunar Chronicles is how each female protagonist (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress so far) is so unique from the others. And Cress is so naive and anxious, yet such a dreamer! I kept telling my younger sister that she HAS to read this book because Cress reminds me so much of her - and I think Cress is going to resonate with many readers (particularly some younger ones is my guess) or for all of us with our awkward moments. 3. Fantastic balancing of a large cast of characters: At this point, there are a lot of characters bouncing around in Cress and it would be very easy for them to become muddled and confused but amazingly, they aren't. The story is set up with each character in a very specific position with their own unique purpose. To me, this is the best way to appreciate so many different characters at once.  Of course, the downside of having so many characters is that even with 500+ pages, some characters just won't get the attention I'd like them to have (Scarlet, for example). I think Marissa does a remarkable job of keeping this from happening too much.  Overall, I think Cress is the perfect addition to The Lunar Chronicles and an incredible third book! There's plenty of action, intrigue, and romance to easily hold the reader's attention and I easily and quickly read through its many pages. ARC received from Macmillan for review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slowest Book So Far While books one and two of The Lunar Chronicles had kept me flipping through each page, this one failed to provide the same level of suspense. Other than the introduction of the new character, Cress, nothing much really happens. A lot of the plot was a circle of what's been happening in the first two books. I originally read the first five chapters on Kindle before the book came out, and those first five chapters were magnificent. It gave me the same tension and suspense as the first two books. As soon as chapter six hit, it took a slide down.  I am in no way saying this third book is bad, it's just not at the level I was expecting. The first book, CINDER, was a page-turner, and then the second book, SCARLET, made me crazy for more. I also wish that this book had more chapters for Scarlet! The second book introduced the multiple points-of-view and each character was pretty balanced. In this one, Scarlet got probably four chapters at the most, and then random characters even got portions of a chapter. Meyer suddenly added a lot more points-of-view that wasn't completely necessarily. She did a good job in SCARLET for balancing the multiple points-of-views, but not so much in her third book.  I'm hoping the forth and last book, WINTER, will be better! 
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books Well this was just a massively impressive book. As Meyer goes on with the series, the books just get better and better. Cress was chock full of action, adventure, romance, intrigue, deception and wicked description. Cress wasn't my favourite character in this series so far, but her innocent demeanor fits in with the story, despite how different she is from the previous two heroines.  But Cress was feisty and hilarious, and her time with Thorne was brilliant. Thorne in this book too was just fantastic. He was just as charming as ever, and I absolutely loved spending so much time with him and Cress. He was the perfect balance to Wolf's seriousness. Scarlet was pushed to the side a wee bit, but she still provided a peek into something we wouldn't have seen otherwise, and it set up the fourth and final book really well! Kai was still one of my favourite characters this time around too. He is really growing as a character, what with the heavy load on his shoulders of being Emperor and marrying Queen Levana, all while attempting to find Princess Selene and stop a war. Cinder was just as perfect as she has been since the first book. She is strong and determined, quick witted and tough as nails. My favourite parts are where she is mentioned. She is an impressive leader, despite her moments of insecurity and her growth just keeps coming, and no doubt will continue in Winter. One of my favourite things about this series is how flawlessly Meyer writes multiple points of view. I love that it's done in a 3rd person narrative, so the reader gets to enjoy every character fully. We were in the mind of every single character in this book, and it allowed the depth of the story to go that much deeper. The plot is just phenomenal. How this woman thinks of the things she does, I do not know but I thank her for it like you wouldn't believe. The Rapunzel plot line fits in so well with the Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood tales so seamlessly, and I loved it!   There is a lot to this book, and we move all over the globe and space with it. I tried not to rush through this book in a day, and I am really happy I did, as it let me fully take in every brilliant detail that is Cress. No doubt guys, this series just gets better and better!
Date published: 2014-02-28

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Cress

by Marissa Meyer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 560 pages, 8.49 × 5.74 × 1.86 in

Published: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312642970

ISBN - 13: 9780312642976

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One     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. When she was first imprisoned, she had loved nothing more than to stack her pillows on top of the desk that was built into the walls and drape her bed linens over the screens, making a small alcove for herself. She would pretend that she was not on a satellite at all, but in a podship en route to the blue planet. Soon she would land and step out onto real dirt, feel real sunshine, smell real oxygen. She would stare at the continents for hours and hours, imagining what that must be like. Her view of Luna, however, was always to be avoided. Some days her satellite passed so close that the moon took up the entire view and she could make out the enormous glinting domes on its surface and the sparkling cities where the Lunars lived. Where she, too, had lived. Years ago. Before she’d been banished. As a child, Cress had hidden from the moon during those achingly long hours. Sometimes she would escape to the small washroom and distract herself by twisting elaborate braids into her hair. Or she would scramble beneath her desk and sing lullabies until she fell asleep. Or she would dream up a mother and a father, and imagine how they would play make-believe with her and read her adventure stories and brush her hair lovingly off her brow, un
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In this third book in Marissa Meyer''s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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 prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 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 of Cress 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.

About the Author

Marissa Meyer''s first two books in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Scarlet, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their three cats.

Editorial Reviews

"As always, Meyer excels at interweaving new characters that extend beyond the archetypes of their fairy tale into the main story. Readers will eagerly await the final installment of this highly appealing and well-constructed series." - School Library Journal
 
"Meyer continues to show off her storytelling prowess, keeping readers engaged in a wide cast of characters while unfolding a layered plot that involves warring governments and a fast-spreading plague. The momentum Meyer built in the first two books continues to accelerate as the stakes grow higher for Cinder and her friends. The next installment cannot come fast enough."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW 
"Once again, Meyer offers up a science fiction fantasy page-turner that salutes women’s intelligence and empowerment . . . Old and new romances, unfinished story lines, and the prognostication of wartime horrors all pave the way for Meyer’s much anticipated next installment, Winter, expected in 2015." - Booklist "This multilayered, action-packed page-turner is sure to please series fans." - The Horn Book  
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