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The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress by Marissa Meyer

Posted by Caitie F on August 28, 2014

Title: Cinder11235712
Author: Marissa Meyer
Hardcover: 390 pages
Pub Date: Jan 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

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 read all three of the books that are out in the series within about three weeks of each other, so I thought i would do small reviews of all three. Also, i don’t want to spoil things for people who haven’t read, so each review will get shorter than the last.

The first book has such great characterization. It is a retelling, but it is a very loose retelling. Cinder is a mechanic, which is so cool, is brave, and is the most loving friend anyone can find. The prince was such a better character than the usual boring prince charming. There is political tension and he has to make real decisions that affect his entire kingdom.

That political tension makes this entire series more complex and interesting than many other series or retellings. There is depth and layers at every turn. The book is also so exciting and fun to read as well. I knew I had to read more


Title: ScarletScarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Hardcover: 452 pages
Pub Date: Feb 5, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: +++

Summary from pub:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her.

As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner


Scarlet is my least favorite book in the series, but it was still good. I really liked Scarlet, – is smart, strong, and pretty fearless…but I wasn’t crazy about Wolf. I don’t really see the appeal of his character. He is interesting, especially when you learn more about his origin, but I didn’t see the spark.

Cinder’s story is really fascinating in this. She has to come to terms with what she learned in the first book and find out more about herself. There is also another really great character who is introduced early in the book.


Title: Cress13206828
Author: Marissa Meyer
Hardcover: 550 pages
Pub Date: Feb 14, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: +++++

Summary from pub:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


This was by far my favorite in the series.

Cress is absolutely brilliant and I loved every moment i was reading about her. Cinder is increibly complex and interesting. She is being pushed so many different directions and situations and has to learn to navigate tricky moral questions. Thorne is incredible

Queen Levena is the perfect villain and the prince is the perfect hero to his kingdom. He is always torn on what to do and he doesn’t always do what everyone else might. But that is what makes him interesting and that is what makes him a great leader.

Read all three books in this series soon. You won’t be sorry!

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