This is probably going to be a really short review, so forgive me, for my memory is shite and it’s been almost three weeks since I finished Cress. I’ve been lagging on trying to get through a review as soon as I finish the book when my memory is still fresh. Therefore. I don’t have much to say, but I’ll try to lay it out there as best as I am able.
AS WITH ALL MY REVIEWS THIS WILL MORE THAN LIKELY CONTAIN SPOILERS SO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
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 high 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.
Oh Cress, you pretty little book. Boy did you make me feel things.
I want to say that I loved Cress more than I loved Scarlet, but I think I was just the slightest bit more engrossed in Scarlet than I was Cress. Maybe it was just because the sexual tension between Scarlet and Wolf was so explosive I couldn’t breathe. That being said, there were moments in this book—mostly toward the end—where I just couldn’t put it down because it got very exciting and I was gripping the book so tightly. I loved that we were introduced to two new characters, Winter and Jacin Clay. (hubba hubba).
I can’t wait to see those two really blossom in the next novel, Winter. (Which comes out way later this year.) *starts crying*
I also loved that this book focused more on Cress and Thorne because the story of Rapunzel is my favorite fairytale and getting that translation in this book was perfect. You get to see what drives Thorne and the depth in Cress, and how their personalities stand out from the rest of the group. I was stuffing my face with food and choking on it after having laughed at most of the things Thorne would say.
The way that Cress idolizes Thorne and puts him on her pedestal because she’s irrevocably in love with him without ever having truly known him, is honestly the sweetest and most ignorant admiration I’ve ever heard of. I wanted him to just give her what she wants and make her happy because she deserves it. And if we’re being honest, he fell in love with her too.
He sort of brushes off her affections for false admiration since he thinks she’s too sheltered to know what love is, he jokes around with her and teases her but in the end, she’s only fallen harder for him. Usually I’d probably cringe at how stupid in love she is with him, but you can’t help but feel for her.
So it starts with Thorne, Cinder, Scarlet, and Wolf making a rescue mission for Cress. However, Sybil Mira comes with perfect timing, when the group of vigilantes come to the rescue. Finding out about Cress’ deception, she decides to fuck shit up and attempt to murder her ward along with Thorne (who’s managed to board Cress’ satellite.)
While Cress and Thorne crash land on Earth, Sybil and her beautiful guard Jacin, make their way onto Cinder’s/Thorne’s ship and they end up kidnapping Scarlet, and Jacin is left behind. Jacin turns out to be a sort of good guy who’s kind of on Cinder’s side making her think he knows she’s the true heir to the Lunar crown.
In Cress’ satellite’s downfall, Thorne hits his head and somehow loses his eyesight—poor baby—so they’re stuck in an African desert with a girl who’s basically never been outside isolation, and a man who’s blind and overtly confidant.
On the other side of the story, Cinder’s stuck with an unpredictable Jacin, Wolf who’s beyond pissed about Scarlet’s whereabouts, Scarlet is being tortured and manipulated by the Lunars to get answers on her friends, Dr. Erland is waiting around in Africa for Cinder, and Prince Kai has accepted the imminent death that awaits him after his wedding. (Or after producing an heir for Levana.)
Somehow, they all manage to meet up in Africa—sans Scarlet—to discuss their next plan of action. While there, Erland realizes the daughter he thought was gone and dead is actually very much alive and well, and is in fact—Cress, his Crescent Moon.
When they manage to kidnap a non-negotiable Kaito, Thorne is stuck with Erland who tries to fix the Captain’s eyes. Erland gives him a not so subtle hint at staying away from his daughter by basically saying she’s too good for him. Thorne doesn’t realize who Erland is, until he finds that Erland is dying from a new strain of the plague.
They all make it out alive minus Erland, with nearly failing by getting caught with Sybil Mira. Jacin supposedly gave Sybil a heads up about the whole thing, but it’s obvious the poor guy’s in big trouble for supporting the wrong team.
Cress gets her very first toe curling kiss from Thorne, like he promised her, before helping him aim his gun at the surrounding soldiers. Trust me, my description does not give this hot scene justice. Not even close.
All in all, it was very very good. Now that I think about it, I’d say it did live up to Scarlet. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’ll give it a 5/5 stars.
I did cave in and bought Fairest, but that’s a prequel. UGH.
Also, can Charlize Theron please play Levana, she would be amazing.
Can’t believe I have to wait so long for Winter.
I’m ready for this Winter/Jacin forbidden fling.
This has been a Lovish review and this is me, signing off.
Until next time, my fellow book enthusiasts.