I am REALLY behind on reviewing what I read. I read the Lunar Chronicles this summer, probably in July. Because I'm so far behind, the books I read that are part of a series, I plan to review the entire series. So, here goes...
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.
Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison--even though she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive if she does--in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.
Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker; unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.
My Rating: ***** 5 Stars
I loved this series! I actually met Marissa Meyer at the UtopYA Con 2015 in Nashville. When I purchased Cinder, I asked her to sign it to my 12-year old daughter who started it, but didn't finish. So, I was like, OK, I bought the book, not going to waste it. I'll read it.
OH. MY. GOSH. What an amazing story. What an interesting world. I was completely sucked in and immediately bought the next two books, as well as pre-ordered Winter. I think the summaries above give you a good idea of overall story, but what they don't tell you is how you will fall in love with these characters. My favorite of the three was Scarlet. I absolutely adored the relationship that built between her and Wolf, and I found her to be brave and spunky.
There is enough suspense, humor, romance, and evildoing to please just about every kind of reader. I'm typically not a fan of Sci-Fi, but the technical lingo was light and kept me engaged in the story. This is one series you will not want to miss, especially if you are a fan of fairytales and want to see them done in a very clever and original way.
Reading is Power
Before I was an author, I was an avid reader. I absolutely adore books and getting lost in the worlds that other people create. I love to discuss books, too. Feel free to leave comments. :-)