I had never heard of the Lunar Chronicles before. I came across the first book on Filter Copy’s list of “Books for those who love fantasy fiction but want more than just Harry Potter”.
A futuristic world of cyborgs and androids and third era countries and Luna – the moon – colonized and ruled by a Queen!!
I had to dig in to read further. I love the fact that the author Marissa Meyer has based each book in the series on a fairy tale.
Imagine this: a classic fairy tale as we know it happening in the future world!!
As the name suggests Cinder is based on Cinderella.
We have Cinder who is 36.28% cyborg and living with her stepmother Adri and her step sisters Pearl and Peony. Adri and Pearl hate Cinder and treat her nothing more than an android servant while Peony is kind to her.
We have the charming Prince Kai who falls for Cinder when he visits her booth in the market to get his android fixed but however he doesn’t know that she is a cyborg.
Meanwhile Peony becomes a victim of the plague leutomosis and Adri and Pearl blame Cinder for it as surprisingly Cinder is immune to the disease.
Meanwhile the Lunar queen Levana is threatening an attack on Earth unless Prince Kai agrees to a marraige alliance with her.
Cinder turns up at the annual Peace ball in Peony’s gown and wearing the beautiful white gloves gifted by Kai to warn Kai of Levana’s intentions. Things turn all wrong and Cinder has to flee dropping her cyborg foot on the stairs.
Is based on Little Red Riding Hood. Scarlet ” bcoz of her hair” Benoit is in search of her grandmere who she learns is held captive by a pack of wolves – or rather the Loyal soldiers of the Pack.
Scarlet is helped along by a street fighter named Wolf and together they trail the breadcrumbs all the way to Paris.
Meanwhile Cinder joins forces with a convict Carswell Throne and Scarlet and Wolf and together they plan to stop Levana from taking over Earth.
Inspired by Rapunzel, Cress with long flowing tresses is a shell, kept captive by Mistress Sybill in a satellite orbiting the earth. She has a huge crush on Carswell Thorne who eventually rescues her from the satellite.
He rescues her in a lot many ways and on lot many levels and even cuts her hair off to use it as ropes in the desert 😁
Cress then joins Cinder’s team and aboard Carswell’s spaceship Rampion they plan to put a stop to the Royal wedding by kidnapping Kai.
Meanwhile, the plague has mutated and has started infecting Lunars too.
Fairest is actually Queen Levana’s story so it is a sort of a prequel to the entire Chronicles.
This, for me, has been the best book so far in the series.
It explains why Levana grows up to be the cruel hearted monarch that she is and how she aspires to one day be the Fairest Queen in the Galaxy.
Levana’s character is based on the Evil Queen in Snow white.
Winter, based on Snow white, is the stepdaughter of Queen Levana. More beautiful than the queen and loved by the people of Luna, Levana loathes her.
Seeing Levana control people her whole life with her glamour, Winter resolves never to use her own glamour, causing her to become mentally unstable. However, Winter might actually have the power to start an entire revolution and overthrow Levana’s rule on Luna, thus helping Cinder.
Remember the bite Snow white takes from the poisonous apple and falls into an enchanted sleep. Well it is recreated with sweet and sour apple petite candy and one bite infects Winter with the plague.
I love this world that is created by Marissa Meyer. It captivated me so thoroughly. I love each n every character even Queen Levana.
I was so intrigued by the glamour of the Lunars – they can manipulate people to make them see what they wish u to see, to make them do things they wish u to do – beautifying their own features and putting their own words in people’s actions. I can just see why such a power could be so dangerous.
I loved the romances between the characters.
The best part for me was every time the Earth was described as seen from Luna’s sky – a blue green orb glistening in the Luna sky so near reach but still so far.
So beautiful!! I would love to see it in real if it was possible 😍
I would urge everyone to give this series a try and absorb yourself in this world. I would never be able to truly explain it.
Even in the future the story began with Once Upon a time 💗