The Lunar Chronicles

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Winter-final.jpgWinter by Marissa Meyer is the newest installment in the Lunar Chronicles which are futuristic retellings of classic fairy tales. In CINDER, the first in the series, a teenage cyborg (half human, half machine) must deal with a wicked stepmother, start a rebellion against the evil Queen Levana, and decide how she feels about a handsome prince. As the series continues, Cinder forges alliances with Scarlet, a spaceship pilot who is determined to solve the mystery of a missing loved one — with the help of a magnetic street fighter named Wolf; Cress, a computer hacker who is imprisoned by Queen Levana; and Winter, a princess who’s in love with a commoner, and who discovers that Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress may hold the key to saving her kingdom — and the world.

cinder.jpgI am just now reading the first book Cinder (actually I am listening to the Audio version on Overdrive) and so far the story is very exciting. There is a lot of foreshadowing and I’m pretty much able to predict what is going to happen in the story, but, the story and the character development are entertaining enough to keep my attention anyway. I love how Meyer has taken a classic “princess” figure like Cinderella and transformed her into a futuristic version of a misfit. Cinder, being part cyborg, is an outcast. She is looked down upon for not being completely “whole” (visibly she has a prosthetic metal leg and hand) but what she doesn’t realize is that there is more to her non-traditional makeup than she had known. She is strong, independent, smart, handy, and rebellious. Yet, I still find myself wanting her to give it all up and be with the handsome Prince Kai. I guess you can’t completely take away the guilty pleasure of a Fairytale ending :).

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