After what has felt like my entire life (but was really a little over a month), I FINALLY finished reading Cress earlier this week. This was the third book in The Lunar Chronicles series that I was reading with my bookstagram buddy and my goodness was it a struggle for us to get through it! Warning: this review will contain RANT UPON RANT and gifs expressing my feelings 😂🙈
Genre: YA sci-fi/fantasy
Pages: 550 (US Hardcover)
Publication Date: 4 February 2014
My rating: 2.5/5 stars
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 higher 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.
HALLELUJAH I AM DONE WITH THIS BOOK! That was literally the first thought that ran through my mind when I closed the book. It took me far longer to read than I’d anticipated. There were parts that I enjoyed, but overall, this book was EXHAUSTING. I didn’t feel invested in any of the characters. In fact, I cared less about everyone than I did during the previous books. The only feelings that remained constant for me were my EXTREME dislike for Wolf and Scarlet. The plot felt beyond absurd at best and downright annoying at worst.
This book centred around Cress, a Lunar girl who was isolated from everyone except the horror that was thaumaturge Sybil because she lived on a SATELLITE. That right there is where my annoyance began. I further got annoyed when *spoiler alert* Thorne goes blind in the most inconceivable way possible and yet HE STILL FIGHTS WITH PEOPLE LIKE HE CAN SEE! A blind man cannot aim properly, and yet Marissa Meyer just makes it seem as though, nbd Thorne is blind but he can just handle shooting a gun without the ability to see.
That is only the tip of the iceberg in the “how many ridiculous things can an author squeeze into one book” category. Honestly, Meyer’s plots are just so ridiculous that I just COULD NOT deal with it and if I hadn’t been reading this book as a buddy read, I DEFINITELY would’ve given up a few pages into it.
Another point on the ridiculous-things-Meyer-does list is force EVERY character into a heteronormative relationship. I understand that everyone loves some romance in a story (I totally get it, I do too!), but these relationships did not develop organically. Instead, every male and every female fall in love with each other, sometimes in a VERY CREEPY way (i.e. the banes of my existence Wolf and Scarlet). I am all for a good ship, but none of these work for me. I don’t like being force-fed relationships, and I feel like that is exactly what Meyer is trying to do in this book.
Also, the introduction to Princess Winter that we get in the book does not at all make me want to continue reading because Winter is INSANE. Straight up psychotic. And I don’t mean this in a “this’ll be fun to read” kind of way. Winter’s insanity just made me roll my eyes ONCE AGAIN during this book. If Cress was a torturous read, I certainly could not read a book centred around a character like Winter. I will not be continuing The Lunar Chronicles any time soon, if ever. This series was just not for me. I was so looking forward to it ( I even asked for the box set for Christmas!), but it did not live up to the hype for me at all. Meyer’s writing is some of the worst I’ve encountered in the YA world. My tbr is just WAY too long for me to continue on with a series I’m not enjoying.
Have you read Cress or any of the Lunar Chronicles books? What’re your thoughts? I’d love to hear them!
That’s all for now!