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.
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.
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.
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.
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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