Review: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles was my series binge read for the year.  I was a late joiner, and debated reading them up until this point in time.  I’ve had friends read them and tell me they were good, and other reviewers raving about these books, but it still took me a while to pick these up.  I’m glad I finally did!  The Lunar Chronicles is a mix of fairy tale retellings (my new favorites), and science fiction with a sprinkling of comedy and romance in between.  I’ve broken down the series book by book below (all very short) with their individual reviews/ratings.  Overall, this series a solid 4 out of 5 stars.  It isn’t Lord of the Rings, or classic literature level writing, but it is an amazingly entertaining series, and its characters are so lovable!  There are nine main characters throughout the books, and each and every one of them are memorable, and well written.  In some of their cases it can take two books to really get to know them, but each one is given that Marissa Meyer attention, and written perfectly.

Cinder: 4.5 out of 5

I’m going to be honest, Cinder was perhaps my favorite of the series, between Cinder’s awesome personality, and Kai’s sass I loved this book, and these two characters the most.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love the whole series, but the plot without them would have been absent, and the comedic parts would have been dry.  They just made the series, and the scene when they first meet was absolutely perfect.  I still enjoyed every book after, but this one set the bar high for me.  It was a great beginning to this series, and definitely re-reading material.

Scarlet: 4 out of 5

I gave this one a 4 out of 5, but it wasn’t quite the explosive sequel I expected.  It was great, and its introduction to not just two, but three new characters was done really well, but it was harder to get into, and I was binge reading this series, so that was hard to believe.  Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne are all great characters, and they are incredibly fleshed out on the pages.  I’m still surprised at how well Meyer wrote each of her characters, in each of the books in this series.  They each were dynamic, and every single one was compelling, and interesting.  I think my trouble with this book might have been on me since I fell in love with Kai and Cinder in the first book, so I kept waiting for everyone to meet up, and feeling sad thanks to that, but once I got into this book, the binge reading continued full force!

Cress: 4 out of 5

Cress was a fantastic take on the story of Rapunzel, Meyer twisting the details perfectly to reflect the world her series takes place in.  This book felt much easier to get into than Scarlet, and it felt like it fleshed out the newer characters better, you almost immediately begin to understand Cress, and even some of the other characters introduced in the second book.  I still felt like I was waiting for those big moments to happen, but this book seemed a lot easier to jump into, and made me jump straight into the next book, so my reading challenge thanks Cress very much for that push!

Winter: 4.5 out of 5

I’m going to try to keep this spoiler free as much as possible.  There are a lot of series out there where the last book doesn’t live up to its potential, but Winter exceeded my expectations there.  It didn’t try to push everything into these perfect happy endings that don’t make sense, or leave everything until the last few pages.  This whole book while introducing still two more characters, devoted almost its entirety to the conclusion of the rebellion/war, and was paced and structured almost flawlessly.  This was the most entertaining of the books in terms of action and drama, and was hard to put down when my breaks at work ended.  Definitely recommend this book and the entire series!

Wires and Nerve: 3.5 out of 5

Wires and Nerve is a graphic novel, meaning it isn’t going to be on the same level as any of the main books in the Lunar Chronicles.  It really can’t be since it can’t give that same attention to detail, and still get to the point of its plot.  That said, I still really liked this, and felt that it needed to be written.  This novel points to a fact that even as a reader, I was ignoring a character who was perhaps the one who needed even more attention; Iko.  She really doesn’t get the proper amount of attention she deserves, or the credit in the Lunar universe.  Everyone remembers the other eight, but poor Iko as an android is left sadly behind. Beyond her fight sequences in this novel, I loved her relationship with Kinney, and hope to see more of it in the next volume.  I also loved Iko’s POV in this, and how she sees herself.  Cinder was a little less confident, being a cyborg/lunar, but Iko is all self-confidence, which was a nice change after finishing the series recently.

 

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