“Even in the future the story begins with Once Upon a Time.”
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
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. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
★★★★★ 5/5 stars (to infinity and beyond).
If you know me personally, you know that I have an issue with completing a series. I fear of ending a book and living my life without it afterwards, or I simply fear that the finale will emotionally ruin me or my expectation. Yet, The Lunar Chronicles series did not give me a reason to hoard and clutch onto Winter for years on end. In other words, the series was so good that it forced me to finish it, and when I was reading, I had complete trust in Meyer that there would be a resolution for all these characters.
These books offer a unique and relatively new subgenre within Young Adult: fairytale retellings. This series may not have been the first one on the bandwagon, but it is definitely the one who owns the wagon. And the twist? Fairytales in science fiction. I was skeptical at first if this was going to work, but oh, it does. Of course, it is very low science fiction, and sometimes heavier on the romance, but it raises the standards of all Young Adult books.
The first one, as you may have guessed, is based on Cinderella; the second, red riding hood; the third, rapunzal; and the last, snow white. In the end, these books and characters somehow connect and come together to form a fantastic plot.
Here’s my original review on Cinder:
I am left in awe after reading the last couple of pages of this book.
This book is the best. Ever.
What a thrilling start to a new series (seen as the fourth book has not been released yet).
The story is what kept me hooked. Every single part of it was enjoyable, and the characters never lacked. Even though this was a “retelling” of Cinderella, one should use that term loosely. There are components in the story that follow some archetypes of the old fairytale (Disney-version), but everything else was gripping and refreshing. Nothing was lacking.
If I want to still have a critical eye, the ONLY fault that I could possibly say is that the writing was not anything “out-of-this-world” (*heh*). Yet, what it lacked in beautiful quotes, it made up for in tech jokes and descriptions that were equally as entertaining.
Nothing less than 5 stars here, people. So, pick up this book now!