Synopsis: Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction.
My Rating: 1/2
Overview: A solid 4 1/2-star series, not one book was less despite Cinder was the weakest of the books along with the first half of Scarlet but it picked up in the second half and did not stop its path to greatness until the very end.
Cinder: Here we have the retelling of Cinderella, who is the main heroine of the Lunar Chronicles. Cinder is a cyborg with 30-something percent of her being mechanical including a cyborg hand and foot. Despite this she catches the attention of Prince Kai, future emperor of the Eastern Commonwealth and what I can assume is all the Asiatic countries merged together in this future society. He’s also hot and eighteen and the equivalent of a One Direction singer with fansites dedicated to lusting over him and news constantly reporting on his every move. Cinder lives with her step/adoptive mother and her two adoptive sisters, the difference is that one of her sisters actually loves Cinder and Cinders loves her. The world is being ravaged by a mysterious and incurable decease called Lutmosis and unfortunately both Kai’s father and Cinder’s sister are affected by it. The adventures starts out a bit weak but really picks up at the end of the book when we finally see the evil Queen Levana arrive on earth to try to marry Kai and having a union between the Lunar people (those who live in the moon colony) and the Earthen people. It ends in a cliffhanger and we move on to Scarlet….
Scarlet: A new fairytale is introduced with Little Red Ridding Hood in our new heroine (and my personal favorite of the girls), Scarlet. Scarlet is a french red-haired heroine with balls of solid steel and a sharp tongue, she’s decisive, brave, no nonsense and a natural leader. Scarlet’s grandmother has been missing and she teams up with Wolf, a street-fighter to try to find those who have kidnapped her. Their journey takes them by train into Paris but meanwhile Cinder who has now escaped jail with none other than Captain Cardswell Thorne, an American deserter with a Casanovian demeanor, are launching an investigation into Cinder’s past. Where did she come from, who helped her and this leads her straight into the path of Scarlet and Wolf. Then last 100 or so pages of this novel are FANTASTIC. It was a slow start but still solid. You still have Cinder and Kai by the perfect addition of Scarlet, Wolf and Thorne make this a perfect middle-book for this series.
Cress: This book was a fantastic addition, truly. Here we have the retelling of Rapunzel when we meet Cress who is a computer programmer/hacker that has been placed in an orbiting satellite by Queen Levana to spy on earth. Basically she revolts and joins forces with the other four. We start the novel when the four go to rescue her but it all goes wrong, as things tend to do. This begins a series of “splitting up” that continues until the very end of the series. The team is split in 3 – Cress and Thorne end up in the Saraha, Scarlet is kidnapped by Lunars and in an act of sheer brilliance Cinder barely escapes with a badly wounded Wolf and the Queen’s pilot who will be our next main character, Jacin. This book has them all trying to both stop the wedding of Kai and Levana and trying to find one another once more. It ends in near perfection when we’re finally introduced to our final fairytale – Winter.
Winter: The final book of the series retells the story of Snow White in Princess Winter of Luna. Winter is Levana’s step daughter who is the most beautiful of all the characters in the series. I loved, LOVED that Meyer made her black and I LOVED that Meyer made her crazy. Winter has been slowly loosing her mind because she refuses to use her Lunar gift to manipulate and control. Jacin, our star pilot, has been her protector since they were children and our story begins with Winter slowly befriending Scarlet while Cinder and the team plan a revolution in Luna. I wont say anymore because I dont want to give a thing away – by the time you read this mammoth of a book you will be sucked into the Lunar world. It took me 5 days to finish this bad-boy despite my good intention of finishing it in 3, this is the longest YA book I have ever read but it was a non-stop clusterfuck the entire freaking time. It was a solid 5 star read. Amazing.
My one complaint was the lack of LGBTQ characters, having 7 mains could have easily led way for a gay relationship, perhaps making Jacin a woman or Cress a guy, just thinking outside of the box would have taken it to another level, IMO. Either way the series was a-amazing!
I honestly cannot wait to see what Meyer does next.
BONUS! Meyer wrote 2 companion novelas. I have read Fairest which is the story of Queen Levana. It is gritty, ugly, bloody but beautiful. Do yourself a favor and read it between Cress and Winter for maximum enjoyment.