Cress is third in the Lunar Chronicles, after Cinder and Scarlet. To recap previous feelings, I’d wished Cinder was standalone, and left out all the moon-alien-people, which felt superfluous. Then, in Scarlet, I didn’t mind so much, because the story had fleshed out a bit more – and Scarlet put Cinder into better perspective for me. I was worried, however, that Cress was a retelling of Rapunzel, because I’ve never, ever liked retellings of Rapunzel (probably because I don’t like the original fairy tale, either). I was willing to give it a shot, however. The verdict?
I think I’m going to need to buy the books in this series.
They just keep getting better and better! I loved Cress (the character), loved Thorne, loved Cinder and Scarlet and Wolf and Kai. I loved the exploration of Africa, and the way all these plotlines entwined. I loved the humor in it, especially from Thorne. I was anxious the whole time reading it, and could not put it down. It was brilliant. Each book just keeps getting better. I can’t wait to read Winter and see how Meyer wraps this all up!
Oh: Also want to note – I’ve been reading these at intervals, without rereading before I get into the next book, or even going back to read my reviews. Meyer handles perfectly the retelling without retelling too much, just enough to jog my memory, and she also puts in little details for people who are diehard fans of the book. The scene where Wolf is cradling a can of tomatoes, for instance, which refers back to something I barely remember, but remember enough of to know this is incredibly sweet, and for diehard fans, it would be an amazing little detail. I really appreciate that.