Science Fiction Teen/Young Adult

Meyer Cinder

Review: Cinder & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Meyer ScarletI just finished reading Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and instantly one-clicked Cress, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series. I had bought Cinder quite a while back when I caught it for free or on sale and it sat on my Kindle for a very long time. Cinder took me a little time to get into, but once I did, I flew through it in days, and bought Scarlet right away. I would have finished it sooner if it hadn’t been for life getting in the way. I love this series for the fact that it takes characters and mythology that we’re familiar with and totally turns it on its head.

Cinder pulls us into a futuristic world, full of cyborgs and androids and spaceships. Not exactly the place you’d expect to read a Cinderella story. A terrible plague has swept over the Earth and New Beijing, where Linh Cinder lives. You will need to adjust to the Chinese method of names, which includes putting the last name first. Cinder tinkers in the city market, fixing all sorts of things, including her own leg and hand from time to time. Her stepmother is just as nasty and evil as one would expect and there is a lot of mystery as to how Cinder ended up in the Eastern Commonwealth. She uncovers another mystery while working on Prince Kaito’s favorite android. The story continues at break-neck speed and includes death, an evil queen, and most definitely a royal ball at the palace. The ending won’t be anything you expect!

Scarlet picks up where Cinder leaves off and follows the story of Cinder, our favorite cyborg, and introduces Scarlet, whose past and future are intertwined with Cinder’s. The book follows the stories simultaneously until they collide toward the end. For those that dislike multiple points of view, it may drive you a bit crazy, however, I felt it really kept the story moving forward.┬áThe sci-fi elements in this series continue to get better and better, and the tension of the imposing Lunar Queen Levana hot on everyone’s tail kept me turning pages as fast as I could. I’m looking forward to diving into Book 3 as soon as possible.

Those that enjoy sci-fi, especially Doctor Who, will appreciate all the elements that the Lunar Chronicles provides. Happy reading!