Cress is the third book in Marissa Meyer‘s Lunar Chronicles series. Cress is short for Crescent Moon. She’s the stand in for Rapunzel, and like her inspiration, is being held in isolation. This being a Science Fiction/Fantasy series, she’s not in a tower, she’s in a satellite, in polar orbit of Earth.
From the publisher:
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.
I loved how Marissa Meyer reimagined the story of Cinderella in Cinder, and Little Red Riding Hood in Scarlet. Much like Meyer did in book two, she introduces new characters in Cress who help make the story fresh and new, while adding complexity to the overarching series storyline.
In fact, Cress‘s storyline is woven into that of Cinder and Scarlet so seamlessly that it’s easy to believe that her role was imagined right from when Meyer first imagined Cinder.
Unlike the first two books, we are introduced (very briefly) to the fourth and final title character at the end of this book. It’s a tantalizing taste of what’s to come in Winter, the final installment, and I can’t wait.