Cress isn't my favourite book out of The Lunar Chronicles so far (which is Scarlet) but I still found it to be a fun and enjoyable book overall. Like the previous two books in the series Cress is a clever and imaginative take on a classic fairytale, the story is full of adventure and suspense, and I really enjoyed the development of some of the characters. Cinder continues to go from strength-to-strength, Dr Erland comes back in this one (with his story being unexpectedly sad and touching), and I loved Iko's expanded role in this book. Kai gets some great character growth in this one as well (his decision to end the Cyborg draft) and I loved the fascinating glimpses that we got of Princess Winter and her love-interest Jacin Clay.
There's also the new heroine called Cress who comes into this story and, on the whole, I quite liked her. Cress is a very different character to Cinder and Scarlet as she's much more shy, naive and socially awkward than those two girls are - which makes a lot of sense given her extreme isolation for so many years. Cress's squeaking did get on my nerves at times (it was annoyingly repetitive and helped to make her come across as even younger than her 16 years), and I had a few reservations about her relationship with Thorne, but I did really like how intelligent and imaginative she was.
As I've already mentioned, Cress isn't my favourite book in The Lunar Chronicles. I enjoyed it slightly more than I did Cinder but definitely not as much as I enjoyed Scarlet. Scarlet and Wolf are by far my favourite couple in the series and neither of them got nearly as much page-time in Cress as I would have liked. The two of them had better have major roles in Winter to make up for it! And the other main reason for my not enjoying this book as much as its predecessor was because Cress's relationship with Thorne just isn't working for me yet. I didn't sense any of the chemistry between them that I sensed between Scarlet and Wolf and, well, I don't like Thorne as much as everyone else seems to. Yes he's dashing, gets some funny lines, and has a daredevil attitude towards life but apparently Marissa Meyer based his character on both Han Solo and Firefly's Malcolm Reynolds - and in those characters I see a level of depth and substance that I simply can't in Thorne. I want Thorne to be more.
The final book in The Lunar Chronicles, Winter, will be a retelling of the Snow White fairytale and will be coming out in less than two weeks. I might not be getting round to that book straight-away though because I want to read Meyer's prequel novel to the series and some of her short stories before then and there are a couple of other books that I want to get through fairly soon as well - but nevertheless I'm still looking forward to finding out how the series will end.