Cress by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cress

Series Identifier: Lunar Chronicles book 3

Format: Book


  • Fantasy
  • Sci-fi
  • Young Adult

Conversation Topic:

  • Change
  • Difficult emotions
  • Family
  • Feeling alone
  • Finding Oneself/Identity Development
  • Guilt
  • Love
  • Making new friends
  • Problem Solving
  • Resilience
  • Strong female role models
  • Standing up for oneself
  • Working with others

Relatable Experience:

  • Acceptance
  • Death
  • Disability
  • Fear/Anxiety
  • Foster Care/Adoption
  • Moving


  • Lunar shells are seen as “less than” and are treated as objects to be experimented on.
  • Cress uses her imagination to get through stressful situations which she has no experience dealing with.
  • Thorne quickly adapts to losing his vision.
  • Cress identifies with her captors, only because they are the only human contact she has.
  • Cress cuts her hair for the first time in her life to escape a dangerous situation, causing her to have to adjust to a new way of self-soothing.


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