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.
In a word, it was... a modern-day fairytale.
It took me years and years to read the Lunar Chronicles series. I don't know why. I think it was a combo of the cover (I'm not a fan) and the name of the first book. Cinder. Cinder? Hmm, ok then. I'm also not particularly fond of fairytale retellings. But this wasn't what I expected.
For one, Cinder is totally bad-ass. Don't get me wrong, she has her Mockingjay moments but she pulled her shit towards her shit and chose strength, friendship, and love over bullshit and tears. Prince Kai is also swoony AF. And Cinder has the best friends - eventually.
Scarlet is so different from Cinder but her bravery and her commitment to her family in book 2 is winning. I felt things got a little sluggish in book 3 and Cress is not my fave. But Winter (in book 4) kind of makes up for it and as foveverya puts it - all the characters (good and bad) get what the desserve.
It's a great series. I read it all in like a week.
And it really does a lot more with the basic premise that I expected. It borrows the bones, builds on the foundations, the feelings and sentiment, and makes a brand new story out of it. It's not the story of Cinderella - just of a girl who also had a kind-of evil step-mom and two step-sisters. It's not Little Red Riding Hood because Scarlet wants to be caught by Wolf - but I mean, I wouldn't mind being caught by Wolf either. It's the Lunar Chronicles - a modern-day fairytale.
And there's a total revolution/political uprising in it too and who doesn't love a revolution?