Yaaaay first book review! So I have been reading the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (thanks Mom for an awesome Christmas gift).
(Sidenote: if any of you are wondering what to get me for my birthday/Christmas/Easter/Valentines/Memorial Day- books are always at the top of my list). This series is comprised of four books, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, with a prequel entitled Fairest.
These books are YA dystopian fantasy with a dash of sci-fi. Marrisa did an amazing job breathing life into some age-old classic fairytales. Can you tell who our main stars are from the titles? If you guessed Cinder (Cinderella), Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel), and Winter (Snow White) then you are totally correct. If you didn’t, its ok I’ll cut you some slack (but seriously if you didn’t at least guess Cinder was Cinderella then we need to work on your deductive reasoning skills).
So the books take place on a futuristic Earth (think hover transportation, androids, and cyborgs). A killer epidemic, leutmosis, is ravaging the world with no cure, and Earthens are threatened by their not so friendly neighbors in the sky, a colony of people called “Lunars” that inhabit the moon, known as Luna. Androids are commonplace and cyborgs are treated like second class citizens. What I really love about this series is how all of our heroines stories are interwoven throughout the four main books.
Each book introduces us to our a leading lady and her backstory while seamlessly weaving it in with the overarching plot of the series. Each character faces their own unique set of trials and tribulations which, book by book, bring this rag-tag group of misfits together in their fight to save the world (literally) while desperately trying to keep the ones they love safe.
The characters are all well written with personalities mirroring their classic counterparts but with some interesting and inventive twists. And what YA fantasy book would be complete without some good, fan girl worthy, teenage swooning love thrown in the mix? You won’t be disappointed with these heroines counterparts: the charming Prince Kai of the Eastern Commonwealth (see what I did there? “charming”); the brooding, predatory Wolf, Lunar solider (I’d like to point out that he is not actually a wolf although he may have much in common with the lupine species…); Captain Thorne, goofy former American Republic military pilot turned international thief; and Jacin, stoic and mechanical head guard for none other than the Queen of Luna, Levena.
If these books sound like they are up your ally, tune back in for my review of the first in the series, Cinder, next week!