I’ve just finished The Lunar Chronicles. I loved it. I absolutely adored the characters, and their developments. The retellings were well done and unique in every way.
CinderCinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Feiwel and Friends on 3rd January 2012
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi
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Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived.
But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.
The first book in the series, and it really packs a punch. It follows a lowly mechanic working New Beijing and under the care of an oppressive adoptive mother who still manages to capture the eye of the prince. There’s a whole dystopian element to it, a vicious plague that threatens the whole of mankind and a deep dark secret, all the juicy things that makes a book worthwhile. I’ve now read this book a total of 3 times (I’m the type of person who has to reread in order to finish a series) and it never got boring or old. Each time I read it I fell more in love with the complexity of it all and the way all the stories quickly entwined with one another.
ScarletScarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 5, 2013
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Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
This book picks up where The Lunar Chronicles Cinder dropped us, but we meet a whole new host of characters who hold their own and become a very skewed retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Scarlet Benoit works on her Grandmother’s farm when suddenly she goes missing, and the mysterious Wolf turns up out of the blue to help her. Alongside all that drama, Cinder is on her own mission and this dual perspective makes the book suspenseful. I have to say I’m not a massive fan of two separate, but this totally works! At some points, I struggled with whose story I wanted to hear more, it was an odd feeling.
CressCress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 4, 2014
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In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
I have to say until I had read Winter this one was my favourite. We finally learn more about the young girl who is so adept at helping our young heroes in every one of their tasks. We see her naivety about the world grow and shatter in a somewhat cruel manner. All the while Cinder and the others come up with their final plan to save the world. The dynamic of this book is wonderful, you feel this group of misfits meld together and become a coherent operation. The love and fear that they all feel for one another becomes obvious and you fall more and more in love with them as people.
WinterWinter by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 10, 2015
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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.
This is the final book in the series, and one of the best if not the best. The team is now on their way to complete their final task, defeat Levanna at all costs joined by the seemingly insane Princess Winter. The betrayals, twists and complete chaos that takes over in this book is enough to make your heart drop, we finally get to experience the world of Lunar and all of the different groups of people. The ending though… I want more, just saying.
There it is, my thoughts on The Lunar Chronicles. They will be sitting on my shelf for a long time to come and probably read over and over… totally in love.
Have you read the entire series? What were your final thoughts about the characters? Were you ready to say goodbye?
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