The Lunar Chronicles: A Review

Have you ever wondered what would happen if certain fairy tale heroines ended up in a dystopian future on Earth? Yes? Well, the Lunar Chronicles will be right up your alley.

Written by Marissa Meyer, the threes books out so far came across my radar when I was perusing sale books on hyena Kobo store. The first instalment, Cinder, sounded like just the thing to keep me awake during late night/early morning feedings. Cinder is a cyborg living in New Beijing who gets caught up with a prince. She even has an “evil” stepmother and two step sisters. Sound familiar? She’s loosely based on Cinderella.

Here’s why that works: while you will see noticeable similarities between Cinder and Cinderella, the story is not just an updated version of the old classic. The author picks certain aspects of the he original story to work in to the story she wanted to write, and the effect is white simply, magical.

This is one of those books that I gave a 50/50 chance, and it didn’t disappoint. Th second book, Scarlet, and the third, Cress, are based on Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, respectively, and I couldn’t wait to gobble them up after the first book was closed. My 50/50 had turned into not only a win, but a genuine pleasure to read and continue reading.

The characters make you want to get to know them on a personal level, even while feeling that you know them already. The future setting. Unlike a lot of dystopian fiction, is completely believable. If there ever happen to be more world wars, I can totally see the world government being restricted as Meyer has imagined.

The only downside? The next book, Winter, isn’t slated for release until 2015. I hate having to wait to continue a truly excellent story.

I could write more, but I don’t want to risk spoiling the plot or story too much for anyone that thinks this may be worth checking out (and trust me, it is). Likeable characters and a believable future history pair with solid writing to make this one series I will be coming back to.

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