I read Cinder, book one of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, last year as part of my “Year of the Woman” reading challenge. This year, I knew I wanted to finish some of the many series I’ve started in the last couple of years, and The Lunar Chronicles was one I managed to find places for on my 2019 Reading Challenges. Scarlet and Cress (books two and three) fit Popsugar’s prompts #11, a book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover, and #35, a book by an author whose first and last name start with the same letter. I found a place for book four, Winter, on ATY’s list with prompt #28, a book related to something cold.
These books contain brilliant retellings of popular fairy tale stories. Meyer has seamlessly put Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White into a futuristic society with cyborgs, androids, lunar colonies and bio-engineered human/wolf hybrids.
The four books contain a single story arc centered around ambitious Queen Levana of Luna who has designs on controlling both her own people as well as those of Earth. Central to her ambition is Kaito, the newly crowned Emperor of the Commonwealth on Earth.
Each of the four books adds a new element to the overall story, a new character. Each character adds their own piece to the story, without which, they could not succeed.
Meyer’s style is fun and entertaining. She combines just the right amount of intrigue and adventure with just the right amount of romance and despair. Furthermore, I took much delight in finding the tiny details she took from the original fairy tales, changing them just enough so that they fit perfectly into her own version of the stories.
I thoroughly enjoyed these books. The fairy tale aspect was a lot of fun, but even if you’re not into that, if you like young adult dystopian style fiction, I’d recommend giving this series a try.