Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Lunar Chronicles

Today's Series Sunday Recommendation is The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

The series is a retelling and adaption of several classic fairy tales. The first installment of the series is the book Cinder. A retelling of, you guessed it, Cinderella. Cinder becomes the focal point for the series but she is joined by several important supporting characters in the following books. While each novel is focused on a particular fairy tale there is an overall plot that threads the tales together. Set in a fictional future the earth faces two problems. A terrible plague called Letutemosis and the threat of invasion from a society of people who live on the moon, a planet now known as Luna.

In Cinder we are introduced to the title character. A talented mechanic and cyborg with no memory of the accident that made her one. In New Beijing she lives with her aunt, two cousins, and also a emotionally competent robot named Iko. Besides the persecution from her aunt for her cyborg parts, such as the fake eyes that prevent her from crying, Cinder also faces the same prejudices from society as whole. Alongside the threat of the cyborg draft which decrees that any cyborg may be drafted to the King's science team who use the cyborgs to study the possibility of a cure for the disease that threats the whole world.

Then one day in the market Cinder meets Kai. A handsome young man who needs his android repaired. He also happens to the be the prince. This puts Cinder on an adventure that will ultimately lead her face to face with the terribly beautiful lunar Queen and change her life forever. Caught up in the threat of an intergalactic war Cinder must delve into the secrets of her past to save her world's future.

Cinder's adventures continue in the two follow up novels Scarlet and Cress. The final installment of the series is called Winter and it is due out in the next couple of months.

One of the things that really impressed me about this series is Meyer's control of the fairy tale elements. She seamlessly weaves in the major details and plot points of the original lore alongside her own story. She updates the heroines so they don't just sit back and let the story unfold around them. Rather they are involved in their own destiny. Each of them is resourceful, intelligent, and brave in their own right.

If you are a fan of fairy tales and perhaps even Star Trek this is definitely a series that you should investigate.

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