Cress is the third book in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series which is growing in popularity. The prequel, Fairest, came out last Tuesday and I’ve already had a couple of people ask for it.
This time around Cinder and the gang set out to rescue the girl in the satellite, Cress, and stop the royal wedding of Emperor Kai and Queen Levanna. Of course, things don’t go to plan and the group is separated. Cress and a blinded Thorne end up lost in the desert, Scarlet is taken captive by Thaumaturge Mira, Wolf is injured, and they end up heavy one Lunar Guard, Jacin.
While Cinder, Wolf, and Jacin go to Africa to find Dr. Earland, Cress and Thorne begin a dangerous trek across the desert. With a little luck, they just might survive long enough to find the others, or they could die of dehydration. Despite his blindness, Thorne does what he can to protect the young and naive Cress, mkaign her fall even more in love with him than she already is.
Meanwhile, keeping Wolf calm proves to be a challenge for Cinder. While Jacin says he is loyal to his Princess, and his Princess only, he is reluctant to help Cinder and the group doesn’t know if they can fully trust him.
When the group eventually does come together (my only spoiler), it will take all of them to stop the wedding before Levanna is made Empress of the Commonwealth. But can they all work together, or will one wrong move by one of them bring the whole plan crashing down around them?
Cress is a very sweet, but naive girl, due to her years of isolation. While she does immediately fall for Thorne, or at least the person she thinks Thorne is, the insta love is one sided. Thorne continually tries to tell her he isn’t who or what she thinks his is. However, by the end of the novel it is clear their shared ordeal has caused Thorne to begin to develop feelings for her. While I know the market is flooded with insta love books, this story, like Cinder’s and Kai’s, seems to be one that will evolve a little more naturally.
I like Thorne more now than I did in Scarlet, as more of his personality gets to shine through in this installment we see that he is not just a pretty face and a sarcastic attitude, he does care for his friends, especially Cress and Ikko.
I wish we had seen more of Winter, and I hope we see more of Jacin, since we only got a bit of his story and how he fits into the overall plot.
Overall, I think I have to give this one Four Lightsabers, since like the other two I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to read Fairest as soon as it comes in, and I can’t wait for Winter in the Fall.