In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
I’m doing it again! That thing where I make myself write the review before picking up the next book in a series so it doesn’t blur together? Yeah… that thing. I feel like I should have listened to people ages ago and just read the books but… well anyway, let’s jump into this review, shall we?
The characters in Cress were all pretty well developed, especially considering how many point-of-view characters we’re up to now. At least most of them are unique and easily differentiated from each other. There was even a part during Cress that really opened my mind to the reasoning behind some of the characters in previous novels blurring together. Needless to say my mind was a little blown.
Cress takes place in quite a few different places and they’re all built wonderfully. A few of the locations are Cress’ satelite, the Sahara desert, Luna, and New Beijing. They’re all built up enough to be immersive and really let me live in the novel while I was listening to it.
I really felt like we were finally getting somewhere at the end of Cress. Like I hadn’t realized how things were sort of standing still up until this novel and the loads of plot-related action in it kind of woke me up. I like the direction everything is moving in. I just really hope one final novel will be enough to close up all these loose ends!
Cress, like the rest of the series, is narrated by Rebecca Soler. I feel like she has grown as a narrator between Scarlet and Cress though and her skills are most certainly improving. I could hear her actively attempting to do the voices and accents for various characters and it was pretty enjoyable. She has a voice I could easily listen to for hours on end regardless, but I do appreciate the amount of work she’s putting in to give the narration that extra special something.
As with the other novels in this series, the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger so *sad, frustrated dragon face* but in general I really enjoyed this novel and I’m still really into the series. I can not wait to read the finale, which I am loading the audiobook version of into Libby as I type!
Overall, I rate Cress 4 out of 5 bookworms.
Don’t just take my word for it. Get your hands on a copy and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can go to order your copy from are:
- Amazon US
- Amazon UK
- Barnes and Noble (US)
- Waterstones (UK)
- Chapters (Canada)
- Book Depository
- your local bookstore or local library
That’s all for me today, bookworms. Until next time, happy reading!