Character Analysis of Cress

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

Marissa Meyer

Rate: 4

Cress: I want to make so many excuses for Cress. I want to say that as the Rapunzel equivalent she didn’t know any better. But after reading Towering, I can’t. Cress considers herself and aspires to be a damsel in distress and I just can’t connect with that. Sure she’s a master hacker and helps Cinder and Co. but when events go outside of the computer realm, she turns to Thorne to save her. I guess I just expected Cress to be more bad ass because of how Cinder and Scarlet were first portrayed in their books. Secondly, I didn’t like how Cress thought she knew people because she read their file. Sure you can learn a lot from a person’s file, but you can’t know him/her. I just wish Cress had gotten over her naivety and began to get to know people instead of assuming she knew people based on what she read online.

Thorne: I commend Thorne for taking on an injury during this book and still contributing to the team. Had it been me I probably would have curled into a ball, cried, and been no help to anyone. But Thorne didn’t do that. He was working at a disadvantage and took a hit to his pride, but he persevered and continued to protect Cress and help Cinder. However, I would have preferred if Meyer had given a little more insight into how Thorne felt about his injury. It seemed like every time we got his perspective, he was focused on Cress so we learned little about him.

Cinder: Cinder may not have been the protagonist in Cress, but she’s been the overarching heroine in the series. Cinder is a great heroine simply because she isn’t perfect; she’s flawed. Even in this book, Cinder admits to being scared and unsure of her decisions, but she keeps going because she knows that this predicament, saving the world from Queen Levana, is about more than herself. Cinder is strong female heroine. Often people talk about a character being strong, but that can change from book to book and from character to character. In Cinder’s case, she is independent in that she doesn’t need a man to validate her decisions, she knows when to depend on others for help, and she admits to her fears without letting them hinder her process. Cinder is a great heroine because she keeps going even in times of adversity while knowing that she can’t do everything by herself.

Wolf: Even though Wolf didn’t play a big role in Cress, while reading I realized that I never took the time to appreciate his character in Scarlet. Meyer did an incredible job in creating Wolf’s character. Not only is he part wolf physically, but his personality is also part wolf. I just love how Wolf views Scarlet as his mate and alpha female even though they’re not really together yet and is appropriately devastated when she’s taken. Most humans would be wrecked if their significant other was abducted, but Wolf goes beyond that. Wolf is hallow without Scarlet. So kudos to Meyer for creating a character who isn’t just wolfish in appearance, but also wolfish in being.

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