This is the third in a the futuristic sci-fi YA series, The Lunar Chronicles. If you haven’t read any of these books, I highly recommend them. I rarely get super excited and giddy over books, especially YA books, but this one takes the cake. I’m even considering reading the companion short stories, which I never do.
The amount of sheer creativity that goes into these books is astounding. Meyer combines sci-fi and old fairy tales into a beautifully written saga. She intertwines the fairy tale characters into this future world seamlessly, without shoving it down your throat. Cinder is a cyborg who was ‘owned’ by her step family for a while, as cyborgs don’t have rights. Scarlet‘s grandmother is taken away by wolf-soldiers sent from Luna. Cress is a Lunar who was locked in a satellite most of her life. She’s got back stories galore for everyone, and for the world that she’s built. And the action keeps the pages turning quickly.
Cinder, the first in the series, was Meyer’s debut novel, and I’ve enjoyed watching her writing style and content blossom. Her skill is full force in this book. She has a way of writing that allows you to fully see the scene in your mind, complete with unique hand gestures and facial tics (no overused ‘threw his hands up’ and shrugging here!), which is rare, in my opinion. She’s always been good with characters – each of them being distinct and fully developed with flaws and motives all their own – but she blew me out of the water with this one. Thorne, one of the main characters in this book, was introduced in the last novel, but we didn’t quite get to see every side of him. With this one, he’s on center stage, and he’s a fantastic character. I think I might have fallen in love with him a bit. And Cress was exactly how you would expect someone to act after having limited social interaction her entire life.
This was a fantastic book, and I’m looking forward to the fourth installment, Winter, which is due out next year. If only I didn’t have to wait that long!