I’m going to do something a little different from what I usually do: instead of reviewing each book individually in multiple posts, I am going to talk about the series as a whole (well, partly whole as not all the books are released yet). I recently read ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ as part of Bookshelf Reflections and Olivia’s Catastrophes‘ Fantasy Favourites Read-A-Thon and absolutely loved them! They just continued to improve and improve as they went on, and that’s saying something as the first one was pretty great!
For those of you who haven’t read this series, or don’t know about it, I will give you a quick synopsis. The first thing I will tell you is that they are fairytale retellings, but like none you have ever encountered. It all starts with Cinder, a cyborg – yes, I said cyborg – who sets out on a path she never could have imagined. On the way to trying to learn more about her past and to stop a evil queen, she meets Scarlet, Wolf (can you guess what fairytale they are from?), Cress and Thorne who each have their story to tell, and accompany her on the quest to dethrone Queen Levana.
I really liked the first book, Cinder. It was lovely being introduced to Cinder, Kai and Iko. I adore Iko! She adds such humour; an android swooning over a prince, just made me crack-up laughing. She has such personality, and offers light humour during intense moments. Cinder is a person you can really care and root for. The discrimination she endures as a result of being a cyborg frustrates me. There is a scene between Cinder and her step-mother which just left me infuriated. It leaves me completely baffled as to why people treat cyborgs so badly; treating them inhumanely when they are still human. They were born human and in order to save their lives they were given robotic parts, but they are still human – just with some additions. Even if they were not human, it still seems incredibly wrong to treat them this way. Okay…my rant is over now.
In the second book, Scarlet, we meet Scarlet and Wolf. From the very beginning I liked them both; Scarlet is fiesty and fiery like her hair, and there is just something so different about Wolf. He is like a puzzle you keep trying to figure out. He is strong and can be dangerous, but there is also something delicate about him. The second book was perfect. We got to read from both, Scarlet and Cinders’ POV. We also get to meet ‘Captain’ Thorne, who is hilarious, a bit cocky, but so funny.
Cress, the third book in the series, introduces Cress; she is like the epitome of sweet and innocent. We get to see her relationship develop with Thorne, and although they are not at couple status, yet, it feels like it is heading in that direction. This isn’t bad…they are both really sweet and would make a good couple, but I can’t help thinking why everyone has to become a pair (this has actually inspired a potential future post).
As a whole, what I really love about this series and what I have come to admire about Marissa Meyer, is her ability to write real characters. They really come alive in your mind. They are all so different… Lets just say that characterisation is Meyer’s forte. November can’t come fast enough; I need a copy of Winter, pronto.