Let Down Your Hair: A Review of CRESS by Marissa Meyer

CRESS (Lunar Chronicles, #3) 
Marissa Meyer
560 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: February 4th, 2014
Source: Publisher
Rating: LOVED


Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only 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 goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

CRESS is about Cress, a damsel in distress who just so happens to be the best hacker/programmer in space. Yes, space. And no, not just about Cress. She joins the league of Scarlet, Cinder, Wolf, and Thorne in their epic quest to save Earth and Luna.

Like Cinder is a futuristic Cinderella and Scarlet is a hoodie-wearing Little Red Riding Hood, Cress is long-haired Rapunzel—and her tower? A satellite.

Marissa Meyer graces the YA scene once more with a pulse-pounding third installment to her fast-paced Lunar Chronicles. These girls aren’t your typical princesses and fairytale characters. They’re fast with codes, pack incredible punches, fly rockets, and when ganged up, they’re ready to take on the world.

When I first started CRESS, I was more wary than excited. The length (560 pages!) daunted me, and the first twenty pages had me convinced I knew what would happen: they would rescue Cress, the lost princess would claim her throne, and they’d overthrow the evil queen for good. But no. That’s not even remotely close to what happened.

It took me a total of sixty pages to get hooked. To start flipping pages faster than I could read them—seriously. I was beyond hooked. I love how difference Cress is, compared to Cinder and Scarlet, who are tougher than nails and simply put: badass. But Cress is softer, more easier daunted, and at times, very relatable, because of how isolated she is. I loved her.

And yet, while reading, I had this overwhelming feeling of… pointlessness. As much as I enjoyed the book, I couldn’t help but think CRESS could have been 50-100 pages shorter if some of the slack was cut. There were quite a few bits I skimmed over because sometimes, the revelations were obvious and other times, simply unneeded. And because of that, I’m knocking it down a notch from ‘LOVED’ (as I did CINDER and SCARLET) to ‘really liked’.

All in all, CRESS was very, very, very good. Keep in mind it isn’t a book you can read quickly, because of the jumping POVs and the sometimes intricate jargon. But in all honestly, I don’t see why I even review these books to begin with.

All I should say is:
They’re good. Incredibly good. And you should read them.

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About the Author

I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg.

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    February 3, 2014

    I can’t wait for tomorrow!!!!!!!! Wonderful review girl!!! And the title… *nice* XD

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    February 3, 2014

    YESS!!!! I’m so loving this series. It’s one where I wish there were more and that the books were longer. I really want to spend more time in the world and with the characters!!

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    Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    February 10, 2014

    I confess the length daunted me as well, and I mostly had issues with Thorne being too much like Flynn Rider from Tangled (I really loved Tangled…aaand, I really love Thorne. But I do NOT like rip-offs. So I felt Disney had already snagged that personality with their Rapunzel take-off. It felt like cheating, you know?) But I did absolutely LOVE Cress! It was the first book I’ve read all year that I forgot the time and just keep reading. :)