Cress : The Lunar Chronicles

  • by Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by Rebecca Soler
  • Series: The Lunar Chronicles
  • 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this third audiobook in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she'd ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


What the Critics Say

"Meyer continues to show off her storytelling prowess, keeping readers engaged in a wide cast of characters while unfolding a layered plot.... The momentum Meyer built in the first two books continues to accelerate.... The next installment cannot come fast enough." (Publishers Weekly)
"Once again, Meyer offers up a science fiction fantasy page-turner that salutes women’s intelligence and empowerment.... Old and new romances, unfinished story lines, and the prognostication of wartime horrors all pave the way for Meyer’s much anticipated next installment, Winter, expected in 2015." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

An Electrifying Continuation

After reading Cinder, I'd been a bit disappointed by Scarlet, so with some hesitation I started Cress.

Overall: What a brilliant surprise. Not only was the book itself an excellent continuation, it made Scarlet make more sense. The author actually bothers to tie up details that felt "too convenient" from Scarlet giving them believable reasons for occurring rather than just ignoring them and hoping the reader will suspend believability. This is rare and highly enjoyable in a YA book.

Character: Cress herself as commented in a different review is a refreshing change in perspective. She is not the usual "tough"girl (Scarlet) or the "smart" tomboy (Cinder), but rather a gentle rather shy heroine who screams when she's afraid gets excited over pretty dresses but still has the courage to do what's right. Her relationship with Thorn is awkward and hilarious and full of true feelings rather than sappy. The author even makes a gentle, but distinct point that helped compensate for the Scarlet (love at first sight) that generally romance is simply an opportunity not a destiny. Cress is an excellent compliment to the other two characters, and gives the story heart.

Plot: The genius in managing to stick to the outline of the original fairytale while weaving the story into a huge multi-layered, fast-paced plot put these books neatly above the cliched YA. I must take my hat off to the author. I consumed the book neatly in two days flat and was left eagerly awaiting Winter. However, never fear readers! She actually bothers to tie up plot-lines instead of dragging them on to the final page of the book. Rather she hooks you with new twists instead of relying on only one dramatic question.
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- kathleen

Very clever story (and series)

STORY (YA fantasy scifi) - Cress is the third book in The Lunar Chronicles series. Like the first two, it is a futuristic twist to a classic fairy tale. Cinder(ella) is a cyborg mechanic with a mean step-family who dreams of attending a ball and meeting Prince Kai. Scarlet (similar to Red Riding Hood) has a boyfriend named Wolf and has been searching for her lost grandmother. Now we add Cress, who is a long-haired computer hacker trapped in a lunar satellite (like Rapunzel in her tower). The characters are all working together to foil an attempt by the evil Lunar Queen Levana to extend her reign to Earth, and the author has done a masterful job of combining the characters and stories together into one clever plot.

This is a fun, easy listen which works well as a break between "heavier" books. It is fast-paced, with lots of action and touches of romance. You should listen to the books in order, as each one introduces a new fairy tale character to the overall plot. Cress comes to a nice stopping point, but the adventure will continue into future book(s) as the plan to thwart the conquer of Earth by Queen Levana continues...

NARRATOR - Good job, but nothing special.

OVERALL - Recommended for listeners of all ages -- a great story for family listening.
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- AudioAddict "I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio