Despite finishing all the books in this series more than a year ago, The Lunar Chronicles (Goodreads) still springs into my thoughts fairly often. When someone asks me what this series is about, I struggle to answer them. “Um, fairy tales retold in a dystopian, romantic, action-y kind of way with lots of heart-eyes, wolves, sci-fi fun, and moon people.” Honestly, this book has so much going on, but in a totally delightful way that works.
I’ve recommended this series to SO many people, yet I’ve barely talked about it on this blog. I figured it’s time to fix that.
Disclaimer: Leo didn’t enjoy Cinder, so obviously — contrary to my own beliefs — this series isn’t going to be everyone’s favorite series. (Yes, I am bitter, and Leo’s opinions are trashy. Just kidding. Mostly.)
Here are 5 reasons to read The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
1. You love fairy tales and retellings!
The Lunar Chronicles is subtle enough to be considered an original story with original characters, but the fairy-tale plot points and themes are enough to satisfy your intense love of fairy tales — or simply your childhood nostalgia. This series basically has the perfect balance of ingenuity and fairy-tale elements to keep everyone happy.
As a bonus: this series involves more than one fairy tale, but focuses on Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Snow White.
“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” – Marissa Meyer, Cinder
2. Action-packed sci-fi thrills your book-nerd life!
Set in a not-so-fabulous future, The Lunar Chronicles has several aspects of typical YA dystopia and science fiction to keep you flipping the pages: a scary totalitarian leader who is ready to take over the entire world, deadly viruses that may or may not kill your beloved characters before the last page, a cyborg MC who is an incredibly talented mechanic, and advanced technology, like androids, portscreens, and hovers.
“‘Maybe the princess could save herself.’
‘That sounds like a pretty good story too.'” – Marissa Meyer, Fairest
3. Adorable YA romance is your favorite genre!
There’s not one, or two, but FOUR lovely ship-able romances to keep your hearts swooning throughout each book of the series. The Lunar Chronicles is full of witty, flirty banter and hilariously awkward romantic encounters for each protagonist. You’ll be laughing, sobbing, and giggling into each book (and maybe the rest of the world will think you’re crazy if you happen to read them in public — but, oh wait, that’s probably nothing new).
“He was the fantasy of every girl in the country. He was so far out of realm, her world, that she should have stopped thinking about him the second the door had closed. Should stop thinking about him immediately. Should never think about him again, except maybe as a client–and her prince.
And yet, the memory of his fingers against her skin refused to fade.” – Marissa Meyer, Cinder
4. You’ve never read a book about people living on the moon, and you want to! (You should!)
Oddly enough, the idea of Luna (a society living on the moon) was one of my favorite parts of this series. I know The Lunar Chronicles isn’t the first story about people living on the moon, but it’s the first story I’ve ever read about it. The sci-fi elements surrounding Luna and the magical powers of the Lunars is super intriguing to read about!
“‘Speaking of eye surgery, do you realize you’re missing
‘What? Really? And I thought I was just emotionally
withdrawn.'” – Marissa Meyer, Cinder
5. You’re inspired by fierce female heroines who work together!
If you love courageous, intelligent, and witty female protagonists, then this series is perfect for you. Cinder is a fabulous, inventive, and daring character who will stop at nothing to do the right thing and save the world. The other protagonists (Scarlet, Cress, and Winter) are all equally amazing, but you’ll have to start reading to find out more!
“I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.” – Marissa Meyer, Cinder
There are probably a billion more reasons to start The Lunar Chronicles, but I’ll leave you with these five. Hopefully, you’ve been persuaded.
What do you think of The Lunar Chronicles so far? If you’ve read (part of) the series, leave your thoughts in the comments!