Recommended by Carrie
The Lunar Chronicles is a series of six books for young adults that mirror the classic fairy tales of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White, but with a futuristic twist. The first book, “Cinder”, reminds us of the Cinderella story . . . except that Cinder is a “lowly” cyborg on an Earth of the future. Cinder has a very deeply hidden secret – one that she is not even aware of – that turns Cinder’s life upside down. Cinder finds herself embroiled in the fight between Earth and Luna. A fight that her secret can begin to unravel.
The second book, “Scarlet”, is (as you can guess) a take on Little Red Riding Hood. Scarlet Benoit lives a small life on a small farm. Small, that is, until she meets a street fighter named Wolf who tells Scarlet that her grandmother, a former war pilot, may be hiding secrets regarding the missing Lunar Princess, Selene. Scarlet meets up with Cinder and they team up to fight against Queen Levana, queen of Luna.
“Cress”, book three, is based on the story of Rapunzel. Cress is a “shell” lunar, who does not share her peers’ lunar powers. She is also a very talented hacker and has been banished to a space station by the Lunar Queen to help collect Earth secrets. Cress finds herself with Scarlet, Cinder and crew and becomes a vital part of the fight.
The series continues with “Winter” (you guessed it, Snow White). Winter is Queen Levana’s stepdaughter. Winter has seen the horrors that using her Lunar gift can bring, so has been driven mad by the unreleased gift inside of her. Though Winter suffers from hallucinations and a deteriorated mental state, she is also a formidable force when teamed up with Cinder’s crew. Winter’s involvement is sure to help the cause and start a revolution.
“Fairest”, book five, tells Queen Levana’s origin story (based on the Evil Queen from Snow White). The story begins when Levana is only 15 years old and her older sister, Channary, is set to become Queen of Luna. What follows is Levana’s spiral into hatred and cruelty that leads to her ascension to the crown.
The final book, “Stars Above”, contains short stories, which are origin stories for Cinder, Wolf, Carswell Thorne and Winter. Also included is a short story called The Little Android, which is a short, futuristic retelling of The Little Mermaid. The book also wraps things up for our fearless crew in a short, but meaningful story of their lives a mere 2 years after Winter concludes.
Though this is a series written for young adults, I quickly found myself completely engrossed in the stories. A very easy read, these books were a nice break from reality.