4. I Love You to the Moon and Back: The Lunar Chronicles

IMG_5368I love retellings, particularly for mythology and fairy tales. Luckily, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer fall in the latter category, so reading these series is a given. The books place four classic stories (Cinderella, The Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White) in a futurisitc context. All the events take place during the so-called Third Era, which is after World War Four. This means that a lot of technology is advanced, and devices such as port screens, hovercars, and androids are common. In fact, the title character of the first book, Cinder, is a cyborg. In addition, the moon has become a powerful nation called Luna with a relatively large population and conniving queen named Levana. In fact, the people of Luna, called Lunars, have developed some interesting abilities and secret projects…

I really enjoyed the way Ms. Meyer was able to string these four fairy tales in a cohesive way. While each story did have a focus on two new characters, modeled after their fairy tale, the series as a whole had so many interesting subplots and storylines. There were never any dull spots, but neither were they too intense. They had just the right balance, and the quality of the books never decreased. The books had enough elements of the original stories as a nod to their origin, but they were definitely retold in a unique way. For example, Cinderella’s shoe becomes Cinder’s cyborg foot. Speaking of characters, I loved how most of the girls in these books were not your typical damsels in distress. They were strong women willing to make their own choices. Even the seemingly shy and soft-spoken Cress was quite formidable in her own way. I also loved how sassy the characters were, most notably Cinder and Captain Thorne.

All in all, if you love fairy tales with a futuristic twist, you should definitely become a Lunartic. Go join the revolution!


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