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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 prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company.
Publisher: New York :, Feiwel and Friends,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312642976
Characteristics: 552 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 17, 2018

Possibly my favourite book in this series so far. I'm not entirely sure why the Rapunzel character is named Cress, but that's a fairly trivial point and I may just be missing something. (Scarlet = Red Riding Hood, Cinder = Cinderella and Winter = Snow White were all much more obvious. I probably would have gone with Tress - though that wouldn't be short for Crescent Moon.)

I've really enjoyed the spins on fairy tales in a sci fi setting, and I appreciate how well Meyer is able to include the occasional twist that is both true to the fairy tale but actually surprising. In this novel, she continues to develop the story of Earth and Luna. The main characters from the earlier novel still play key roles so, with each book, we're essentially adding to the existing cast. In spite of that, the book doesn't feel overly crowded; there is enough space for all of the leads.

I wouldn't say Cress ends on a cliffhanger exactly, but it's very clearly setting us up for the next book, even introducing princess Winter (presumably the next lead character) and the guard who's in love with her. I look forward to finding out what happens.

pb001 Nov 10, 2017

good .

Oct 23, 2017

This novel shows that even the timidest can be heroes, and never doubt your abilities.

Check out my review of "Cress" on my blog at:

sarahbru17 Jul 17, 2017

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
This new addition to the Lunar Chronicles introduces my OTP, so I’m unfairly biased towards it. It builds both individual character plotlines and the overall plotline in a good balance.

Jun 16, 2017

I loved this book and I definitely think that it was better than scarlet. I captured my attention immediately and kept it throughout the whole book. This series amazes me every time I read one of the book because of just how clever it is. The way that it perfectly intertwines fantasy and syfy is amazing and I love how there are little parallels between the stories and the tales they are based on all over the books. I think its just amazing. I cannot wait to read the next book!

Jun 15, 2017

This book is just awesome

Grace Ryan
May 27, 2017

This is my favorite book of all time. The romance is exciting and the adventure is captivating. I couldn't put this book down once I had started reading it. It's a MUST READ!!!!!

May 21, 2017

​What I love about this series is the way Meyer strikes the perfect balance between retelling a fairy tale in a such a way that enough of the recognizable beats from the original story are present, without making the book predictable. I think she made a really smart choice with this one to retell the story of Rapunzel by focusing on the less-well-known portion of the original fairy tale (when Rapunzel and her blinded prince are wandering through the desert after getting caught together by the witch) as the main action of this story. I super, super loved Cress and Thorn, and could read about them all day. Meyer also continued to nicely weave in the storylines of the characters from the previous books -- Scarlet and Wolf weren't as prominent in this one, but Cinder and Kai's story has some really satisfying developments. I have found each book in this series more satisfying than the one preceding it -- fingers crossed that this trend continues.

May 15, 2017

This series is going downhill.

Not a fan of the relationship established in this one. Or the story. Or anything.

Mar 27, 2017

This was a really cute addition to the series. Though, it wasn't my favorite thus far (that honor goes to Scarlet). I did like Cress. Her story was both sad and fun. I loved being able to experience new things with her as she left her satellite and discovers the world. I did feel that she was a bit naive, even considering her circumstances, and that annoyed me a bit on occasion throughout the book. But overall she was adorable.

I really liked the growth for Thorne here. He experienced hardship but was able to maintain his cocky, arrogant demeanor which is so fun to read. I liked that he was brutally honest about his failings and tried to keep Cress from putting him on a pedestal. Though I must say, I agree with Cress that Thorne is not nearly as bad as he thinks. I am looking forward to the development in their story in the next installment.

Wolf and Scarlet broke my heart here. I am seriously hoping for a happy ending for them.

I did like the plot movement in this installment. I think the developments were well paced and allowed the story to move forward as a whole while still focusing in on the individual characters of Thorne and Cress. I love that, even in the midst of all this, Meyer was still able to provide some growth for the other characters who weren't the focus here.

Definitely looking forward to Winter!

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Dec 07, 2016

"Hello?" A girl again. "I know you can hear me. I'm sorry my friend is such a wing nut. You can just ignore him."

Jun 20, 2016

"Cress trembled, nonsense words falling from her hopeless pleas. The man's sympathy and astonishment were gone, vanished as if they'd never been there. Perhaps they never had."

Feb 22, 2016

The cat has caught the bird... And she will scratch out your eyes too, You will NEVER see Rapunzel again

Dec 14, 2015

"Although. . . somehow, I always pictured the princess . . . I don't know. In a dress." -pg.541

Dec 14, 2015

"Believe me, Cress. The pleasure was all mine."-pg.513

Dec 14, 2015

Maybe there isn't such at thing as fate. Maybe it's just the opportunities we're given, and what we do with them.-pg.512

Dec 12, 2015

"He's just gone inside to be heroic."-Darla -Pg. 353

Dec 12, 2015

"I have no idea what you're talking about," he said. "But we'll go with it." -Carswell Thorne - pg. 140

Dec 12, 2015

It had been a long time since Kai had seen that expression on his adviser. The expression that indicated he thought Kai was a moron.
-Pg. 198

Dec 04, 2015

"I'm on my side,"

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Aug 22, 2015

As Kai's wedding date to Queen Levana draws nearer, Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf make plans to dethrone Levana. They decide their best chance is to rescue a Lunar shell named Cress from her satellite prison. Cress is brilliant with technology and may just have the skills and information they need to beat Levana. However, when their rescue attempt goes horribly wrong, the group is separated.


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