Thank you for joinging me for my first book review of Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Without any delays, I’m just going to jump straight in to it.
This is not the sort of book I usually read, as I am more interested in young adult, but it was still a good read. I loved the way the author took classical fairy tales and gave them a futuristic spin. The series consist of 5 books:
Cinder – Cinderella
Scarlet – Little Red Riding Hood
Cress – Rapunzel
Fairest – The Evil Queen from Snow White
Winter – Snow White
The story takes place in a futuristic worl consisting of 4 races; humans, cyborg and androids who all live on earth and lunars who reside on the moon. Lunars have the ability to manipulate the minds of humans, allowing them to control their bodies, see illusions, play with their emotions and so forth.
It follows the life of Cinder, a cyborg, who is an adopted child and is frowned upon by her family and society in general. She works as a mechanic and her only true human friend is her step sister Peony. But when Peony is infected by the deadly plague, Cinders life is flipped upside down.
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Cinder is introduced to prince kai, who seems to have fallen in love at first sight. Just like Cinderella, he hosts an annual ball, which Cinder attends. However due to circumstances, she is required to make a dash for it, resulting in her leaving her foot behind. Also towards the end, certin revelations are made about Cinder and her ancestry, as well as some characters. However none of this was shocking.
The way Little Red Riding Hood was implemented in to Scarlet was pretty cool, and I would say the same for Cress and Rapunzel. In fact, I would say that Cress was my favourite book in the series. It introduced Cress, a shy, intelligent and hopelessly in love with Carswell Thorne. Both of these characters along with Iko were needed to provide the series with a bit of freshness. The sarcasm and playful behaviour were good to see.
Undoubtedly, Marissa implements the core elements of the original classic fairy tales in to her stories beautifully. However, the description, depth, suspense are pretty weak. For instance, Cinders origin was not hard to guess, and most of the series wasn’t either, hence the lack of suspense .
I would also say that a clear and vibrant picture is not built of the world/scenario to begin with, but it does get better after the first book. But this is not one of those series that focuses much on the background setting.
On top of that, I found it a bit hard to connect with a lot of the characters. At times I felt like strangling them, and at others, giving them a good slap.
For instance, some of the main characters fail to create their own identity, they would make instant transition from a quiet and timid person to being confident and bossy. So failing to see the development led to a disconnection.
My final criticism is the lack of death and the high level of romance. At the same time, I couldn’t have expected anything else, as these books are a twist of popular children fairytales.
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Personally, I believe the books are worth reading as they will not consume a lot of time. The first 4 took me a day each to read, and the final one about 3 days. So if you do like your classic children literature, then you would enjoy the fresh twist that Marissa has given to them.
The overall rating for the series is a 3.5 out of 5.
Let me know in the comments below what you thought. Do you plan on reading the series or have you already read it? What are your views and who was your favourite character?