Cress is the third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, following Cinder and Scarlet. Incarcerated in a satellite, an expert hacker and out to save the world - Cress isn't your usual damsel in distress. CRESS grew-up as a prisoner. With only netscreens for company she's forced to do the bidding of the evil Queen Levana. Now that means tracking down Cinder and her handsome accomplice Emperor Kai. But little does Levana know that those she seeks, and the man she loves, are plotting her...
Our couple this time is Cress (inspired by Rapunzel) and Captain Thorne (his personality makes me think of a young Han Solo). With our two previous couples (Cinder-Kai and Scarlet-Wolf), I found their personalities interesting and well developed. I didn't identify with any of them but I enjoyed their reactions, adventures and struggles. But (yes, you saw that one coming) with Cress I didn't feel that. I understand that she is socially awkward, a bit of a stalker, computer nerdy and has unrealistic romantic expectations, but I was still expecting something more from her. Instead, I found her personality two-dimensional and predictive (but it works well next to Thorne).
I guess that after Cinder and Scarlet, I was expecting another strong and independent female character, but Cress fell more under the damsel in distress category. Thorne on the other hand, gets a standing ovation for making me laugh time and again. If you like sarcasm and clever punch lines, he is your guy. Perhaps because he stands out effortlessly, Cress gets a little bit overshadowed. She is indeed a Crescent Moon, and he is the blinding sun that makes her shine~
As with the previous books, the story focuses mainly on the couple in question and afterwards we get to see the whole gang in action. All the parts are important to the main plot and they are interwoven in such a clever way that you don't even notice the transitions. I love when they all get together, the story is always enjoyable and full of camaraderie. Some parts of this book felt longer than they should be and Cress, with her two-dimensionality, didn't make that extra mile any more comfortable (literally, because... well, spoilers I guess). But don't get me wrong, Cress and Thorne are the cutest couple (so far) in a very innocent way, thanks to Cress.
Now I finally know why everyone loves Thorne; he is such a funny character, and it gets hilarious when you pair him up with Jacin aka. Mr Grumpy cat. I really want to see more moments with those two. After a while, the story goes back to its awesome flow with action, struggles and the rest of the characters, including my adorable Iko. The plot keeps developing and I can't wait to see Queen Levana out of this galaxy. So far all the books from the series end in a way that makes me jump straight away to the next one.