Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, book 3/6
Genre: Dystopian, Fairytale, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 4th, 2014

Note: This post reviews the third book of The Lunar Chronicles. You may like to read the first two books in the series, Cinder and Scarlet, before reading this review.

Mild spoilers. 

Cress is fairytale retelling of Rapunzel. Short for Crescent, Cress is a shell – a lunar with no glamour – and forced to be a servant of Levana, working as a spy. Imprisoned on a satellite since childhood, Cress grows up in complete isolation, her parents all the while believing her to be dead. Cinder and her friends develop a plan to rescue her after realizing that Cress has been keeping their spaceship hidden from the lunars. But things do not go as planned. Captain Thorne, the fugitive who escaped with Cinder, ends up stranded with Cress in the middle of the Sahara desert.

Their relationship takes off during the trek. Cress, who had fallen in love with him at first sight, believes him to be her hero, her prince charming she has always dreamed of. Thorne, who has thus far been arrogant and self-seeking, knows Cress deserves better. But that doesn’t keep him from falling in love right back.

In addition to this new love story, Cinder, the true heir to the lunar throne, continues to fight against Levana. She knows that once Levanna marries Kai and becomes Empress of the Commonwealth, all of earth will be in more danger than ever. Cinder is determined to stop the wedding, hopefully saving Kai and the rest of the earthens from her wrath.

I am excited to read the conclusion, Winter, that will undoubtedly be just as breathtaking and action-packed as the rest of the series.

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