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Cress

byMarissa Meyer

Hardcover | February 4, 2014

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The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

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.

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.
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Title:CressFormat:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 8.42 × 5.77 × 1.66 inPublished:February 4, 2014Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage: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 Great book This is a very good book, Cress and Thorne's relationship are goals!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO AMAZING I was amazed! I love the new character CRESS!!!!
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cress is my favourite book in the series! Marissa Meyer is a master story teller. I absolutely love the Lunar Chronicles. If I had to pick a favourite, Cress would be my favourite book in the series!
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Twist on Repunzel It took me a while to get to this book. I really enjoyed Scarlet, but with how it ended off, I just wasn’t in a rush to get to this one. But when I did get to it, I was definitely not disappointed. It was action packed, and fun, and though it seemed to take me forever to get through it (okay, a week), it was easy to motor through. There are two tricky points when it comes to writing reviews for books that are later in the series. First, it’s obviously going to be a relatively positive review, just because you don’t stick with a series if you don’t enjoy it. This review is no exception. Second, as previously mentioned, it’s almost impossible to write anything about the book without also talking about major details in previous stories. But I’m going to try my best to give you a well-rounded review. The Good Points of Cress: Cress is such a sweet character! I’ve read a number of times in reviews that people find her irritating, but I didn’t find that at all. I thought her to be incredibly innocent, which really worked in her favour. And it definitely brings out the best in some of the other characters, bringing out some new and interesting traits in them. On that same note, I really enjoyed Cress and Thorne’s relationship. It’s a little weird, and not necessarily the most beautiful thing I’ve ever read, but it was a nice change to the romance scene. It was one of those things were it shouldn’t have worked as well as it did, but Meyer somehow pulled it together beautifully. The pacing throughout this book is better than I remember Cinder and Scarlet being. There were only one or two points in this book where it got a little dull for my taste, and it was never for more than a few pages at a time. I really enjoyed how Cinder is discovering who she truly is, and how she wants to handle the whole thing. I won’t say too much about this, because spoilers, but I really enjoyed her struggles and discoveries and all of that. There was so much action and chaos and insanity in this book, and it was so much fun to join all of these fun characters for the ride. The Downsides of Cress: I want more from Levana. She still feels so one-dimensional to me, just this terrible character who has no humanity (lumanity?). Maybe I just need to read Fairest, though. The whole thing with Cress and Dr. Erland seemed a little out of left-field to me. It was a nice detail, but I didn’t quite see how it connected to everything else that was going on, and the story wouldn’t have been affected if it was left out. I know these are loose retellings of the original fairy tales, but if not for the fact we are told it’s a retelling of Rapunzel, I probably wouldn’t have guessed. There are a few connections, sure, but where I could easily see it in Scarlet and Cinder, I was grasping at threads for this one. All in all, I really enjoyed this book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Winter. When I first heard of this series, I had only wanted to read Winter, as the others just didn’t particularly appeal to me, and that one looked awesome. But I’m really glad I decided to tackle the whole thing, because I’m having a blast with it so far.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Very interested and a lot of twists and turns for Rapunzel and her «prince»
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Very well written but cvould have been ore descriptive of each of the instances that were felt.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My favourite! Well, technically Cress and Winter are tied for me but still this novel was so good. I couldn't put it down and neither will you.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Key elements of Rapunzel expanded tenfold The only reason I’m not giving Cress 5 stars is because it was a bit slow in the middle. But just when I thought the story couldn’t get any more interesting, Marissa Meyer adds even more layers and dimensions to it. I really like how she pays homage to the original Rapunzel, not the popularized G-rated version. Also, I think it’s very cool that this book, and the others in the series, are told in parts that begin with phrases from the fairy tales they are based on, and nicely set up their respective sections. Cress is a wonderful character – a genius hacker trapped on a satellite orbiting Earth for most of her life, and a hopeless romantic.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FUN ADVENTURE I love Rapunzel so I was excited to read this, and it turned out to be awesome just like Cinder and Scarlet! It was kinda boring during the desert scene but after that it turned out to be very interesting. I find Thorne to be funny too.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great third installment! AH some parts were boring with Cress and Thorne in the desert but overall it was amazingly fast paced and eventful!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this read! nice addition to this series!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable This book held my interest and I enjoyed the read. Cress can be annoying sometimes with how much she considers herself to be weak but she's a cute character at the same time and you can't help but like her.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fresh addition The story still keeps its depth and dimension, even with the crew's new bubbly addition: Cress! Meyer's writing development is riveting and addicting to read. This 3rd installment comes back packing a punch and leaves readers anticipating the fourth!
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slower Than Previous Novels, Still Enjoyable I really didn't care for Cress (the character) all that much. I found she cried at the drop of a hat, was very emotional, and far too attached to Thorne. I gave this book four stars mainly because of the other characters - namely, Iko, Cinder, and Kai. These three were the best parts of this entire novel. Hopefully, Cress will get the character development she so desperately needs in coming novels.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps getting better each book just builds on the previous ones. Cress if so freaking sweet! This series keeps ripping my heart out
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cress is so sweet Cress is so sweet and it was fun to read about her in this book exploring new places with Cinder
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I liked this story a lot. I wasn't a fan of the relationship between Cress and Thorn but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of the book.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eeeeek! I am currently reading this book and i cannot seem to put it down. Scar and Wolf are so amazing. Can't wait to finish this to read the next book!
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Cutest Couple on an Amazing Adventure I have yet to read the fourth book, Winter (still waiting for it to ship!), but as of now, I can say that Cress is my favourite book in the series. I want to start with the book's namesake, the character Cress. I adore Cress with all my heart. She's just such a sweet, kind, romantic, lovely soul, and it was such a joy to see her go on an adventure with everyone's favourite Captain Thorne (they are so adorable, and I've never shipped two fictional characters harder than I ship these two). I want to say more about how much I loved this book, but I can't really say much without delving into spoiler territory. If you liked Cinder and Scarlet, you'll absolutely adore Cress.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvellous As much as I despised the fact that a ship of mine did not set sail as I would've wished it to, I can't deny that this is one of the few masterpieces of YA literature that everyone should read with its beautiful, exquisite writing, and its relatable humour designed so that any one could enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not my favourite, but still great Cress was not my favourite character, but she was really well written. She is definitely not your typical female heroine, which was refreshing and at the same time slightly disappointing. It was still a really great book though!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Cress was definitely my favorite book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Thorne and Cress are so cute together and it was so fun to see them go on an adventure.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not memorable but interesting Cress was an interesting read, not exceptional but i enjoyed spending a few hours of my time reading this book.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! This was my favourite of the series!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I really enjoy this series, this might be the best in the series
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite My favorite book thus far in the series! The first two were also amazing, but something about this book stood out to me. I would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic sequel! The climax got me on the edge of my seat (or my bed in this case), Marissa Meyer is an excellent writer, capturing the reader in these well built characters, I love all of them and am aching to know what happens next! My favourite book series to date!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from faveourite book in the series The definite stand out in the series. Throne has my heart
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cress My favorite so far in the series, I loved the epic scope of the team spread out and finding their way back to each other, plus Thorne’s banter is just so entertaining, as was his tentative romance with Cress. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The feels! This one was more emotional than the two first, and a lot more action packed. I kinda like Cress because she felt relatable: looking at the world through screens, dreaming of adventures and true love, and the feeling completely helpless and small when confronted to the real world. That was nice. I liked that she wasn't an instant badass. But she's definetly not my favorite of the gang. I liked where the story went and how it kept getting more dramatic with the menace of war growing on them. Not as good as Scarlet, but definetly entertaining. Can't wait to get my hands on Winter.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! Each book in this series just gets better and better and better.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I loved how each book introduces a new character in this series, and Meyer just keeps raising the stakes.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved This! This series just keeps getting better and better! I love how all the characters are being brought together to form a loveable team, like the fairy tale Avengers or something.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This book was leaps and bounds better than the one before it. I found Scarlet ok, but cress and definitely a wow book. I love Cress as a character and the book was so action packed. I could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best book in the series CRESS is probably my favourite of the LUNAR CHRONICLES. It has the most sweeping action and all of the characters we've come to know and love, including the main characters for the next book.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down! Title says it all: I could not put this book down. The series just gets better as is progresses. This book is probably my favorites so far, but they are all amazing!
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! This was great, and my favourite book in the series! Which I highly recommend you read. Cress is so adorable and loving, she's one of my favourite characters.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Cress was such a fun character. She is absolutely adorable, and I bet anything that you will root for her continuously from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book; actually, I highly recommend this entire series!
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love this series! Can't say enough about this series of books. Plots are so clever, and I love the character development. Am racing through each book, but will be so sad when the series is over. "Cress" is a wonderful continuation of the story.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Liked It I didn't like this one as much as I liked Scarlet, but I still liked it more than I liked Cinder. The characters are really fantastic in this one. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cress This series is really good I definitely recommend it. Cress is one of my favourite characters #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Series just gets better! Book three is my favorite so far . . . so much character building and interaction between all the favorite and not so favorite main characters. So much going on, action, suspense, and some amazing new places and character twists. A great deal happens in the book, i had a difficult time putting the book down!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite of the series If I could, I would give this book more than 5 stars - I love it that much. Meyer's core characters interact with each other more here than in the previous books, which leads to some great dialogue and relationship-building. Not just romantic relationships (though we do get that with Cress and Thorne, a personal fave), but friendships that readers will root for just as much. And then of course, there is the fantastic storyline, which takes us to new places and delivers tons of action. A very exciting read!
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it The best book in the series so far
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! Favorite book in the series..... Thorne and Cress are so cuteeeee wahahaha the feels
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I looooved it Thorne! He is the best in the world. Absolutely adored this book #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A little slow at times but good overall.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Loved this! Definitely my favourite in the series!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great words cannot express how much i love this book
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cress Another Killer novel, I wish they didn't take so long to get to paperback. It's Killing me to wait for Winter to come out in PaperBack
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this! WELL THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME! easiest five stars ever. Meyer never fails to impress me, wow. And the ending, wow. Everything was just wow!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer I have to say .. miss Marissa Meyer knows how to write an enchanting story that is both entertaining and bloody .. I liked this book so much and the adventure is getting fiercer with each page .. Cress and Thorne might just be my new favourite characters out of the Lunar Chronicles seriesThere were so many incredible plot twists and there wasn't one moment when I felt bored. I highly recommend it! literally got goosebumps while reading the ending of this. It was amazing!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG!!!! Okay this is my favourite out of all the books Thorne And cress are my favourite!!! Fangirling!!!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK IN THE SERIES 4.5/5 Stars This book was so suspenseful and amazing! Right from the beginning it was a great read. Although I might not agree with some pairings in this book, it was good. One of my main problems was constantly being annoyed by Cress throughout the book.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic-er than the first two, and they were really good. LOVED IT! I absolutely adore this series. Definitely one of my favourites. I love the interlacing of all the books/characters! As a young girl, I loved fairy-tales and I think this is the PERFECT PERFECT way of retelling/revamping all the stories! I love all the characters they're so amazing! I especially love....Prince Kai*squeals*.....and Captain Carswell Thorne*faints* Again, Wolf....sorry not my favorite. He just kind of annoys me in general.Overall, super kickass books with kickass characters.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so good After reading this, I think Cress is one of my favourite characters. COULD NOT put this book down!
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from addicting I couldn't put the book down! However, this one might seem a bit darker than the others because it's by the end of the series. I liked seeing more of Cress.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Almost as good, but not quite Although I enjoy this series, I am not as interested in the new characters.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down For Christmas I got money to buy books so bought this entire series except Winter, because it wasn't in the store at the time, and I've finished the first three books in a week. I read all of the books back to back and it was awesome. One of my favourite things about this series is that Meyer continues to surprise me as secrets and new characters get unveiled, because the novels all have intricate plot lines that continue to grab my attention,
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Love the characters. Not a cliche retelling.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from solid Solid book, plot moves along nicely.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A solid addition I have to admit, I didn't love Cress as much as I did the first two books, but i still thoroughly enjoyed it. The first portion of the book definitely grabbed my attention and Cress was a nice twist on the well-known Rapunzel and her relationship with Carswell Thorne was very cute, but I felt the story betweent he two characters began to drag a bit through the book. A solid addition to the series
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from still solid, but ALMOST starting to drag this book was quiet and sweet in parts and fast-paced in others. But after three books, you start hungering for the climax!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT I SHIP CRESSWELL SO HARD YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How could you not like this book? If you have loved the lunar chronicles so far and afraid that the rest of the series suck...it doesnt. It just gets better and better. Marissa Meyer is a genius when it comes to writing books.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite! Cress is, in my opinion, the best one in the series.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The story just gets more intense! Book three in the Lunar Chronicles is fast paced and on the edge of your seat intense. Absolutely love Cress!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Read it just to try to see what happens. I just found the first book very interesting but the others were just ho-hum.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow but great finish! I just finished this today actually! I am glad I suckered through it and finished it. I LOVED the last 10 chapters, but I thought the story of Cress and Thorne were unnecessary. It seems very dragged out, but they are still super cute together. I just thought the book could have been smaller with more important details.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read An amazing sequel! Can't wait to pick up winter.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Cress quickly ended up being one of my favourite characters. I would recommend reading the whole series at once since there is quite a few characters to keep track of. Overall a great take on Rapunzel!
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too many character views and too long I'm actually surprised how disappointed I was with this book. I have really enjoyed the previous two novels in the series but with this one, I found it hard to get into from the first few chapters. First, I was disappointed in the number of changes with points of view in the story. I feel like there was too many points of view in the novel and too much going on for each character that it felt all over the place. It was hard to keep track of where each character was (especially Scarlet) because you were going from one character to another so often. The length was also a downfall for me and that is probably solely because I found the book lost my interest early on and it made finishing the heavy tomb quite the chore. There were little bursts of excitement for me now and then but the majority of the novel was read in the hopes it would be done soon. Interestingly enough, the book had my attention and excitement for the last few chapters with all of the action going on and just as I was really enjoying the story, it was over. I'm hoping the next novel in the series, "Winter", captures that original excitement that I had for the previous two novels. The whole series is really a unique and refreshingly new idea for classically known characters/stories so I was really disappointed that I didn't have that excitement with this novel. Fingers crossed for the next one!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating Captivating book! I couldn't put it down. Even though another point of view was added, I never really felt confused or mixed up the characters in my head.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Another decent read in the series. Not too much to say on this, a quick easy read. I enjoy how the author ties in all these classic fairy tales and modernizes them with cyborgs and spaceships. Really interesting spin on it.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite!!!! This book was so good. It is, no doubt, my favourite in the series.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This was another great addition to the Lunar series! Cress is an excellent protagonist and it left me wishing the book was longer.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED This book was probably my favourite in the entire Lunar Chronicle series - not that the final book wasn't an amazing conclusion, but simply because it focused on my favourite character, Cress. I thought she was a great heroine - a combination of strengths and weaknesses that made her really individual and game her so much room to grow, which was wonderful to see. I also really loved how the romantic storyline developed in this book. Plus, this is where everything really kicks into high gear and more characters' paths start to overlap as they work together. Lots of excitement and adventure to propel you towards the finale. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rapunzel, Rapunzel, come down to earth So so so good! Really enjoyed it! Want to read the sequel right now. Why hadn't I read it earlier? This book is just so amazing! However, there is quite a bit of mix feeling too. But overall, I really enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Much better then the second book
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from thrilling This book is sooooo good, the climax of this book had me on the edge of my seats. I love this book because all the characters are involved and they all work together and always have each other's back. I love this book and the character development of Cinder and the confidence of each character is inspiring. I love this book.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I loved this third book, the story just gets better and better
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Good Really didn't like this one, unfortunately you have to read it to finish the series so...
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Fave This one was the best one in the series!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Brilliant book! One of my favourites!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AAAHHHHHHH I FOUND MYSELF MY HACKING SOULMATE!!!!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It The magoc continues as we follow the journey of the characters. I really enjoyed it, as the book was really fast moving and swept me right in the plot after I picked it up two years after reading Scarlet. I love Cress, she is an amazing character whom you can't help but to fall in love with.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just can't I'm madly in love with cress and the captain. Full of surprise and funny lines. A must read!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Love Oh Cress, my new obsession. She is an amazing, cute character and the novel is great as always. Same story, new characters.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great read! The third instalment in The Lunar Chronicles is amazing! Cress and Thorne are great characters and it was fun to read a book mostly devoted to them!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! I love this book!! I love Cress and Thorne ahh. It's nice to see a character that's strong despite her height. The twist of Rapunzel in a modern setting was beautiful and very well done.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! Far better than Scarlet, and even better than Cinder!! Cress was amazing and so interesting and beautiful. I really loved this book
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Merp. This series honestly can expand only so much. Which a new set of characters each book, it gets hard to handle. Isn't worth the emotions. Though Cresswell is my OTP so um
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I thought this addition was definitely the cutest! Cress is super quirky and shy, but she is very intelligent and a refreshing female character who is strong in the non-physical elements. Then there is Thorne who is all swoony and hilarious! The plot gets deeper and story more complex so it can be a little too much sometimes, but overall I generally loved it. And my sister (shout-out to her) cannot stop talking about this one it's her favourite! Definitely pick this up because it also includes the continuation of Cinder and Scarlet!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The bigger this universe gets, the harder it is to handle So I really liked Cinder, and I liked Scarlet pretty well, but by the time I get to Cress, things are getting a bit out of hand. Don't get me wrong--Cress is a pretty likeable heroine, her situation is an interesting retelling of her fairy tale, and she ends up linked to the others in a plausible way. The author is good at that. But when you want to know what's happening to the characters you already care about, it's hard to accept the diversion of introducing a whole new set/tale, and as a consequence, the people I want to read about will get less time and space, which is a problem that compounds with each book. (Also, all the predictable coupling off can get boring after a while.)
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This was simply amazing! It was greatly fulfilling, addicting and an outstanding pick-up from 'Scarlet'. I could not praise this book enough.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good This is the third book in the series and I can't say I liked it as much as the first or second book, but it still makes a great read.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST REVAMP OF A FAIRYTALE EVER read this book. that's all I'm going to say. Do it... NOW
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Such a good book, plot is good, characters are good, overall goodness
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was amazing THIS BOOK DEFINITELY LIVED UP TO THE HYPE FOR ME. OH MY GAHHHHH. ACTION. ADVENTURE. MADNESS. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY MY NEW SHIP: THORNE AND FREAKING CRESS. I LOVE THEM TOGETHER SO MUCH. AHHHH. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from She did it again!!!! Myers delivers another piece of literary genius in this third installment of the Lunar Chronicles. Unlike the second book where I didn't get a full understanding of the title character, in this edition I definitely got a good sense of Cress as a character. The Lunar shell is a meek, computer genius that dreams of a life of romance, freedom and bliss. I thought the character was a bit too naive compared to her predecessors but you start to understand where it comes from as you learn more about her personality and upbringing. Cress gets the whirlwind course in being free person and while she had to get with the program really fast, she catches on really nicely and matures into a pretty lovable character while still keeping the more endearing part of her naivety alive. In alibi think she makes a nice contrast to her predecessors Cinder and Scarlet. She's still a strong and capable character but a bit more softer and feminine. And as for her male counterpart, I couldn't get enough of Captain Thorne and his witty dialogue and i think he and Cress blend very well with their contrasting personalities. A good pairing. The story gets more nail biting as we get further into this war with Levana. I can't wait to see how the group pulls off this master plan especially since Levana is turning into a pretty formidable opponent in all of this. Cinder is becoming more and more of an incredible character so am I also anxious to see how she further grows into a leader and a revolutionary.
Date published: 2015-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling, Suspenceful adventure A must read,non-stop suspenceful adventure romance with a good story line. This book keeps your attention from the first paragraph to the last cliff hanging line.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it, want to read Winter! This is an interesting sequel to the series, I really like how the author is bringing the different characters to the front in each book and exploring their personalities without losing sight of the main character . Can't wait for Winter to hit the sales floor!
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE! 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 at the length of the book, you won't be reading it for very long because it's a fast read. I didn't want it to end. As for the characters, whether there are a main character or a secondary character, I still loved them. Even though with every book she adds several new ones, it doesn't feel like you get lost at all. They're vibrant and so full of personality. Take Cress for example, I found her to be the biggest damsel in distress we have had in the Lunar Chronicles. But by the end, she's different and not the sheltered girl she was before taking orders. I grew to like her even though her swoon worthy daydreams of Thorne were warranted. I don't blame her for liking him so. Thorne is just funny. He's one of the most sarcastic and charismatic love interests. I also liked that he wasn't perfect and that he was flawed and he doubted himself. Even Kai was was back and he didn't seem as perfect as he was in Cinder. But my most favourite character of all has to be Iko. She lept off the pages and I felt her so strongly like a best friend does. Love her strong spunky personality so much! I felt so sad for Wolfe the whole time. He was having such a hard time, even with his friends around him to support him. We also get an appearance from Winter! Her thoughts were interesting and I can't wait to see her and Jacin together. Also yay for a diverse cast of characters!!!! And for the world building, I found it wholly fascinating about the politics that were involved. Interesting laws about cyborgs.. Their protection act stood for an incident that happened in the past and it was nice to read about the history, even if it was a very small part. Excellent world.. Love seeing more of earth and how everyone is and what they're doing to deal with the plague. Glad I read this book this year, since Fairest and Winter are out too. Marissa really takes these fairy tale characters and makes them her own. If you haven't read this series yet, what are you waiting for? It's one of my faves!
Date published: 2015-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cress Really good book! Marissa Meyer introduces a new character, Cress, who is once again based off a fairytale. Couldn't put it down! This story will leave fans hungry for the fourth book!
Date published: 2015-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from REALLY LOVE I'm sitting in a pool of my own feels. I can't even. - Nova @ Out of Time I'd love to just say: buy this book. Just do it. You will not regret it. DO IT. And leave with a little stare at the person reading this review. But alas, I have to give my points about what I liked loved and what I didn't like loved more. Do you see how difficult this is for me? As a reader, I don't believe in originality. I feel like a lot of books coming out are used concepts written in a better or worse way. But they aren't original. Marissa lives in a different dimension; I mean she has to with all the "outside of the box" thinking she does. The Lunar Chronicles is the best thing ever since like 2013 when I first read and became a huge fan! I was initially drawn because of how new it is and how well written. It's not every day you get a combination that equals perfection. Aw gosh, I don't even think I can control my gushing feels. You guys. You guys. There are no words to how much I LOVED this story. I was a little worried at how many characters there were going to be and yeah, there are a lot. You could fill up an entire lexicon just from The Lunar Chronicles. But somehow, Marissa manages her characters like it's just Cinder. They all have care and heavy thought placed in them and the characterization is distinct while still being relevant. This story centers around Cress, who is Rapunzel and a hacker extraordinaire. What I really loved about this book was how the first was establishing the story, second building off on it and now, we're getting some action. There's a thought out plan that's going down in Cress that keeps everyone captivated. And I love how everyone gets the same amount of screen time as Cress, even though the book is called "Cress." Another way of saying this would be that I loved how the other characters didn't fade while Cress got the lights and cameras. What I was a little iffy but grew to love was how the story was told. Because there were a bunch of different things happening around the world, every chapter or even less, the perspective would switch to a different issue. It got a little confusing because it was written in 3rd POV, so I'd have to be extra careful on reading - I'm a skimmer. And as a side note, I loathe 3rd POV, but I found myself ENTHRALLED with this one. Usually the 3rd POV makes me feel detached and kind of distant from the characters and story, but for this one, I'm being crippled by my feels. I guess it works both ways. And finally: the ships have sailed. I was giddy over every romance in this book. I know the basic "save the world" plot really doesn't dictate for a romance, but who cares, it fit perfectly! Everyone has a match in fairytale-land so Meyer brought it into her books by pairing everyone off. I don't know what was so perfect about the romance, but because there were multiple ships, I'm going back to the point of "Marissa Meyer knows how to make every individual thing unique, special and distinct!" All in all? It's perfect. No need for a big lengthy summary. Refer to the entire review and if this book sounds like you, give her your money. You won't regret it!
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooooooo good I am so upset I have to wait until march to read the next book why oh why can't it be made sooner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cress Wow. Just Wow.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wendy Great book excellent read. Can't wait for the next book.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why... Why would you **spoiler alert** do this to us... All this time we waited.. and you drag our agony on longer.
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait This series is absolutely wonderful. A bit of everything. SciFi, romantic, fairy tale and action. Can't wait for the next in the series.
Date published: 2014-05-17
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: 2014-05-11
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: 2014-05-01
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: 2014-04-29
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: 2014-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best yet! This one was my favorite of the series so far. Can't wait for the final book!
Date published: 2014-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Loved it. This series never seems to disappoint. Can't wait until then next one!!
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cress COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!! I love these books!!!
Date published: 2014-03-17
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: 2014-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cress Great book can't wait for the next one
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cress Great book can't wait for the next one
Date published: 2014-03-14
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: 2014-03-04
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: 2014-03-03
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: 2014-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love I am addicted to this series. It is so well written, original with just a hint of familiar. Can't wait till the next one comes out.
Date published: 2014-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cress Really enjoyed this series!!!! page turner right from the start....never a dull moment!
Date published: 2014-02-15
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: 2014-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So very good. I can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent blending I enjoy how all the storyline (viewpoints) blended together nicely to create the 3rd part of this journey. Definitely, a page turnner and cannot wait to see how the whole story will conclude.
Date published: 2014-02-10
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: 2014-01-28

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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, until finally—finally—the moon would sink again behind the protective Earth, and she was safe.Even now, Cress used those hours to crawl beneath her bed and nap or read or write songs in her head or work out complicated coding. She still did not like to look at the cities of Luna; she harbored a secret paranoia that if she could see the Lunars, surely they could look up beyond their artificial skies and see her.For more than seven years, this had been her nightmare.But now the silver horizon of Luna was creeping into the corner of her window, and Cress paid no attention. This time, her wall of invisi-screens was showing her a brand-new nightmare. Brutal words were splattered across the newsfeeds, photos and videos blurring in her vision as she scrolled from one feed to the next. She couldn’t read fast enough.14 CITIES ATTACKED WORLDWIDE2-HOUR MURDER SPREE RESULTS IN 16,000 EARTHEN DEATHSLARGEST MASSACRE IN THIRD ERAThe net was littered with horrors. Victims dead in the streets with shredded abdomens and blood leaking into the gutters. Feral men-creatures with gore on their chins and beneath their fingernails and staining the fronts of their shirts. She scrolled through them all with one hand pressed over her mouth. Breathing became increasingly difficult as the truth of it all sank in.This was her fault.For months she had been cloaking those Lunar ships from Earthen detection, doing Mistress Sybil’s bidding without question, like the well-trained lackey she was.Now she knew just what kind of monsters had been aboard those ships. Only now did she understand what Her Majesty had been planning all along, and it was far too late.16,000 EARTHEN DEATHSEarth had been taken unaware, and all because she hadn’t been brave enough to say no to Mistress’s demands. She had done her job and then turned a blind eye to it all.She averted her gaze from the pictures of death and carnage, focusing on another news story that suggested more horrors to come.Emperor Kaito of the Eastern Commonwealth had put an end to the attacks by agreeing to marry Lunar Queen Levana.Queen Levana was to become the Commonwealth’s new empress.The shocked journalists of Earth were scrambling to determine their stance on this diplomatic yet controversial arrangement. Some were in outrage, proclaiming that the Commonwealth and the rest of the Earthen Union should be preparing for war, not a wedding. But others were hastily trying to justify the alliance. With a swirl of her fingers on the thin, transparent screen, Cress raised the audio of a man who was going on about the potential benefits. No more attacks or speculations on when an attack might come. Earth would come to understand the Lunar culture better. They would share technological advances. They would be allies.And besides, Queen Levana only wanted to rule the Eastern Commonwealth. Surely she would leave the rest of the Earthen Union alone.But Cress knew they would be fools to believe it. Queen Levana was going to become empress, then she would have Emperor Kaito murdered, claim the country for her own, and use it as a launching pad to assemble her army before invading the rest of the Union. She would not stop until the entire planet was under her control. This small attack, these sixteen thousand deaths … they were only the beginning.Silencing the broadcast, Cress set her elbows on her desk and dug both hands into her hive of blonde hair. She was suddenly cold, despite the consistently maintained temperature inside the satellite. One of the screens behind her was reading aloud in a child’s voice that had been programmed during four months of insanity-inducing boredom when she was ten years old. The voice was too chipper for the material it quoted: a medical blog from the American Republic announcing the results of an autopsy performed on one of the Lunar soldiers.The bones had been reinforced with calcium-rich biotissue, while the cartilage in major joints was infused with a saline solution for added flexibility and pliability. Orthodontic implants replaced the canine and incisor teeth with those mimicking the teeth of a wolf, and we see the same bone reinforcement around the jaw to allow for the strength to crush material such as bone and other tissue. Remapping of the central nervous system and extensive psychological tampering were responsible for the subject’s unyielding aggression and wolf-like tendencies. Dr. Edelstein has theorized that an advanced manipulation technique of the brain’s bioelectric waves may also have played a role in—“Mute feed.”The sweet ten-year-old’s voice was silenced, leaving the satellite humming with the sounds that had long ago been relegated to the back of Cress’s consciousness. The whirring of fans. The thrumming of the life support system. The gurgling of the water recycling tank.Cress gathered the thick locks of hair at the nape of her neck and pulled the tail over her shoulder—it had a tendency to get caught up in the wheels of her chair when she wasn’t careful. The screens before her flickered and scrolled as more and more information came in from the Earthen feeds. News was coming out from Luna too, on their “brave soldiers” and “hard-fought victory”—crown-sanctioned drivel, naturally. Cress had stopped paying attention to Lunar news when she was twelve.She mindlessly wrapped her ponytail around her left arm, spiraling it from elbow to wrist, unaware of the tangles clumping in her lap.“Oh, Cress,” she murmured. “What are we going to do?”Her ten-year-old self piped back, “Please clarify your instructions, Big Sister.”Cress shut her eyes against the screen’s glare. “I understand that Emperor Kai is only trying to stop a war, but he must know this won’t stop Her Majesty. She’s going to kill him if he goes through with this, and then where will Earth be?” A headache pounded at her temples. “I thought for certain Linh Cinder had told him at the ball, but what if I’m wrong? What if he still has no idea of the danger he’s in?”Spinning in her chair, she swiped her fingers across a muted newsfeed, punched in a code, and called up the hidden window that she checked a hundred times a day. The D-COMM window opened like a black hole, abandoned and silent, on top of her desk. Linh Cinder still had not tried to contact her. Perhaps her chip had been confiscated or destroyed. Perhaps Linh Cinder didn’t even have it anymore.Huffing, Cress dismissed the link and, with a few hasty taps of her fingertips, cascaded a dozen different windows in its place. They were linked to a spider alert service that was constantly patrolling the net for any information related to the Lunar cyborg who had been taken into custody a week earlier. Linh Cinder. The girl who had escaped from New Beijing Prison. The girl who had been Cress’s only chance of telling Emperor Kaito the truth about Queen Levana’s intentions should he agree to the marriage alliance.The major feed hadn’t been updated in eleven hours. In the hysteria of the Lunar invasion, Earth seemed to have forgotten about their most-wanted fugitive.“Big Sister?”Pulse hiccupping, Cress grasped the arms of her chair. “Yes, Little Cress?”“Mistress’s ship detected. Expected arrival in twenty-two seconds.”Cress catapulted from her chair at the word mistress, spoken even all those years ago with a tinge of dread.Her movements were a precisely choreographed dance, one she had mastered after years of practice. In her mind, she became a second-era ballerina, skimming across a shadowy stage as Little Cress counted down the seconds.00:21. Cress pressed her palm onto the mattress-deploy button.00:20. She swiveled back to the screen, sending all feeds of Linh Cinder beneath a layer of Lunar crown propaganda.00:19. The mattress landed with a thunk on the floor, the pillows and blankets wadded up just as she’d left them.00:18. 17. 16. Her fingers danced across the screens, hiding Earthen newsfeeds and netgroups.00:15. A turn, a quick search for two corners of her blanket.00:14. A flick of her wrists, casting the blanket up like a wind-caught sail.00:13. 12. 11. She smoothed and tugged her way to the opposite side of the bed, pivoting toward the screens on the other side of her living quarters.00:10. 9. Earthen dramas, music recordings, second-era literature, all dismissed.00:08. A swivel back toward the bed. A graceful turning down of the blanket.00:07. Two pillows symmetrically stacked against the headboard. A flourish of her arm to pull out the hair that had gotten caught beneath the blanket.00:06. 5. A glissade across the floor, dipping and spinning, gathering up every discarded sock and hair tie and sending them into the renewal chute.00:04. 3. A sweep of the desks, collecting her only bowl, her only spoon, her only glass, and a handful of stylus pens, and depositing them into the pantry cabinet.00:02. A final pirouette to scan her work.00:01. A pleased exhalation, culminating in a graceful bow.“Mistress has arrived,” said Little Cress. “She is requesting an extension of the docking clamp.”The stage, the shadows, the music, all fell away from Cress’s thoughts, though a practiced smile remained on her lips. “Of course,” she chirped, swanning toward the main boarding ramp. There were two ramps on her satellite, but only one had ever been used. She wasn’t even sure if the opposite entrance functioned. Each wide metal door opened up to a docking hatch and, beyond that, space.Except for when there was a podship anchored there. Mistress’s podship.Cress tapped in the command. A diagram on the screen showed the clamp extending, and she heard the thump as the ship attached. The walls jolted around her.She had the next moments memorized, could have counted the heartbeats between each familiar sound. The whir of the small spacecraft’s engines powering down. The clang of the hatch attaching and sealing around the podship. The vacuum as oxygen was pushed into the space. The beep confirming that travel between the two modules was safe. The opening of the spacecraft. Steps echoing on the walkway. The whoosh of the satellite entrance.There had been a time when Cress had hoped for warmth and kindness from her mistress. That perhaps Sybil would look at her and say, “My dear, sweet Crescent, you have earned the trust and respect of Her Majesty, the Queen. You are welcome to return with me to Luna and be accepted as one of us.”That time had long since passed, but Cress’s practiced smile held firm even in the face of Mistress Sybil’s coldness. “Good day, Mistress.”Sybil sniffed. The embroidered sleeves of her white jacket fluttered around the large case she carried, filled with her usual provisions: food and fresh water for Cress’s confinement and, of course, the medical kit. “So you’ve found her, have you?”Cress winced around her frozen grin. “Found her, Mistress?”“If it is a good day, then you must have finally completed the simple task I’ve given you. Is that it, Crescent? Have you found the cyborg?”Cress lowered her gaze and dug her fingernails into her palms. “No, Mistress. I haven’t found her.”“I see. So it isn’t a good day after all, is it?”“I only meant … Your company is always…” She trailed off. Forcing her hands to unclench, she dared to meet Mistress Sybil’s glare. “I was just reading the news, Mistress. I thought perhaps we were pleased about Her Majesty’s engagement.”Sybil dropped the case onto the crisply made bed. “We will be satisfied once Earth is under Lunar control. Until then, there is work to be done, and you should not be wasting your time reading news and gossip.”Sybil neared the monitor that held the secret window with the D-COMM feed and the evidence of Cress’s betrayal to the Lunar crown, and Cress stiffened. But Sybil reached past it to a screen displaying a vid of Emperor Kaito speaking in front of the Eastern Commonwealth flag. With a touch, the screen cleared, revealing the metal wall and a tangle of heating tubes behind it.Cress slowly released her breath.“I certainly hope you’ve found something.”She stood taller. “Linh Cinder was spotted in the European Federation, in a small town in southern France, at approximately 18:00 local ti—”“I’m well aware of all that. And then she went to Paris and killed a thaumaturge and some useless special operatives. Anything else, Crescent?”Cress swallowed and began winding her hair around both wrists in a looping figure eight. “At 17:48, in Rieux, France, the clerk of a ship-and-vehicle parts store updated the store inventory, removing one power cell that would be compatible with a 214 Rampion, Class 11.3, but not notating any sort of payment. I thought perhaps Linh Cinder stole … or maybe glamoured…” She hesitated. Sybil liked to keep up the pretense that the cyborg was a shell, even though they both knew it wasn’t true. Unlike Cress, who was a true shell, Linh Cinder had the Lunar gift. It may have been buried or hidden somehow, but it had certainly made itself known at the Commonwealth’s annual ball.“A power cell?” Sybil said, passing over Cress’s hesitation.“It converts compressed hydrogen into energy in order to propel—”“I know what it is,” Sybil snapped. “You’re telling me that the only progress you’ve made is finding evidence that she’s making repairs to her ship? That it’s going to become even more difficult to track her down, a task that you couldn’t even manage when they were on Earth?”“I’m sorry, Mistress. I’m trying. It’s just—”“I’m not interested in your excuses. All these years I’ve persuaded Her Majesty to let you live, under the premise that you had something valuable to offer, something even more valuable than blood. Was I wrong to protect you, Crescent?”She bit her lip, withholding a reminder of all she’d done for Her Majesty during her imprisonment. Designing countless spy systems for keeping watch on Earth’s leaders, hacking the communication links between diplomats, and jamming satellite signals to allow the queen’s soldiers to invade Earth undetected, so that now the blood of sixteen thousand Earthens was on her hands. It made no difference. Sybil cared only about Cress’s failures, and not finding Linh Cinder was Cress’s biggest failure to date.“I’m sorry, Mistress. I’ll try harder.”Sybil’s eyes narrowed. “I’ll be very displeased if you don’t find me that girl, and soon.”Held by Sybil’s gaze, she felt like a moth pinned to an examination board. “Yes, Mistress.”“Good.” Reaching forward, Sybil petted her cheek. It felt almost like a mother’s approval, but not quite. Then she turned away and released the locking mechanisms on the case. “Now then,” she said, retrieving a hypodermic needle from the medical kit. “Your arm.” Copyright © 2014 by Rampion Books, Inc.

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