Love Fairytale Retellings? Then the Lunar Chronicles is the series to get into!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first in a series featuring many fairytales with a twist. These books are not full-on retellings, but they take aspects of various stories and bring them into a futuristic era for each book.
Cinder takes on the story of Cinderella… if she were a cyborg! Here is the official synopsis:
“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.”
I loved this book! I will say that this is the second time I have read the book. I first read Cinder back when it released in 2012. As the forth and final installment released earlier this month, I wanted to restart the series so it would be fresh in my mind. I didn’t remember too much until I was reading each part of the story, but I will say that I enjoyed the entire book as I had in high school. I was hooked so much that I ended up reading the book within two days!
I am a huge fan of fairytales. Cinder is the perfect mix of Cinderella with an original storyline. As a reader, you never know what will happen next. I love the futuristic aspect of the world and the main character having to struggle with being low on the social ladder. It was interesting to get into her mind as she struggles through trying to find herself. Cinder’s character development draws you in until the very end. Another character that I loved was Peony. She helps to balance the good and the bad of the story which I really liked.
I gave Cinder 5 out of 5 stars.. again! I can’t wait to continue into the world of the Lunar Chronicles with Scarlet which is a Little Red Riding Hood retelling. From all of the reviews that I have seen, everyone has said that this series gets better and better with each book!
More Book Information:
Published: 3 January 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Retelling
How I Read It: Paperback
Have you read this series? Let us know in the comments what your thoughts were!