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The Lunar Chronicles- Series Discussion

Hi, Hello and welcome today I’m going to be reviewing the lunar chronicles series! This is like a 4 in 1 special so yay? But anyways I read this series a while ago knowing basically nothing about it, and I really enjoyed it! I do feel that there were a few flaws scattered throughout the series, hence this discussion post! anyways without further ado lets gO (also this is going to be very long.)

In our first book we follow Cinder, a cyborg living with her eviL stepmother Adri. Cinder works as a mechanic in a booth at the market place, where she meets Prince Kai, who requests that she fix his personal android. The book is set in a futuristic world where cyborgs are discriminated against and not given equal rights as compared to normal human beings. Also there’s this huge plague/disease thing going around.(like current times) When Adri’s daughter, Peony, gets the plague, Cinder is immediately blamed and shunned from the household and is sent for testing. Soon Cinder discovers many unknown things about herself , and realises that she’s a part of a much bigger scheme, and tension between the people of the moon and the Earth grow . This book is based off Cinderella, and similarly each book is based off a different fairy tale. Well when I started this I thought it was ridiculously boring, it just went so slow and there seriously wasn’t any development, but as time went on it indeed did get better. It was a really good build up for the second book. Now even though it was a retelling of Cinderella Marissa Meyer gives the story it own unique twists and I loved how she hid the little details of Cinderella’s original story into Cinder’s. Like when Cinder was running away from the ball and her cyborg leg fell off I thought it was just such an awesome way of referencing the original story.

In the second book we follow Scarlet when she sets search to find her grandmother who has mysteriously disappeared. On Scarlet’s journey to find her grandmother, she works hesitantly with a street fighter named Wolf, who is a genetically-altered Lunar warrior. Unfortunately, as Scarlet’s admiration for Wolf grows, his old Lunar pack puts them in unusual circumstances, testing Wolf’s loyalties. Deeper connections surface as the pack’s malicious intent is finally exposed. Simultaneously, Cinder joins forces with the convict, Carswell Thorne. As the search continues, Scarlet meets Cinder and becomes an ally in her plan to stop the tyranny of Queen Levana – ruler of the moon’s colonies and her thaumaturge, Sybil Mira. Ok in this one I think Marissa Meyer was trying a bit too hard- don’t get me wrong it was still good but it was definitely the weakest from this series. The plot was not really great in this one and like everything felt forced for me. Even the references to little red riding hood weren’t anything super unique and special>﹏<

In the third book we follow, Crescent Moon, or Cress Darnel, is an imprisoned shell working with Sybil to aid Lunar ships. Living alone on a satellite and harboring an enormous crush on Carswell Thorne, she secretly works to sabotage the wicked Lunar queen, and eventually, Cress teams up with Cinder and becomes entangled in her plot to save Earth. This one is probably my favourite from the series, the plot is action packed with the perfect pinch of romance and also the rapunzel references are like Cress’ name,at first I was like what does that have to do with Rapunzel ???and then I realized CRESS IS THE NAME OF A TYPE OF PLANT. SO IS A RAPUNZEL *KEYBOARD SMASH*

Winter, Queen Levana’s stepdaughter, has lived her entire life in Artemisia Palace and has been raised by her stepmother. Winter’s only source of comfort is her guard, childhood friend, and crush, Jacin. Though Winter despises her stepmother, she knows Levana will not approve of her feelings for Jacin. However, she’s not as weak as Levana believes her to be. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that has been raging for far too long. This one was a bit too long in my opinion, and the war scene was well…underwhelming. But I still adored it don’t worry. It strayed quuite far from the original story of snow white(which is a good thing)but I loved it mainly because of the introduction of our new awesome wacky characters.

The characters are arguably the best part of this series. Lets take a look at them

Cinder- Cinder is the definition of an actual strong heroine. And she actually has a great personality.*shocked Pikachu face* She’s so sarcastic and witty and she does have her imperfections too which I really love. She doesn’t really know what she’s doing and like that’s so relatable??? and oh my gosh at times she’s just so awkward but hey aren’t we all ¯\(°_o)/¯¯

Scarlet- Scarlet is definitely more rough and bold. She’s not afraid to speak out on her opinions and she does have a softer side to her. I think she’s sort of like the mom of the group but to be honest I’m not the greatest fan of her lol

Cress- Cress is awesome. Socially awkward, introverted, and just so adorable. and she’s also a hacker. What more can we ask for?

Winter- We didn’t get to know Winter’s character too well, but I love her. she struggles with her mental health and experiences and hallucinations but she still remains strong on the outside. She’s a bit on the crazy side but that makes her even more lovable.

Levana- i hate levana *cough* I read fairest and I did feel sympathy for her but like it really doesn’t completely redeem her? so yea boo Levana

ok now we skip the rest of the characters because I don’t have time :p

The world building was so well done. Usually one main thing a lot of books lack is worldbuilding, but Marissa Meyer just does it wonderfully. From the first book itself we’re set in this futuristic version of Beijing and get to know more about how everything works. One thing I really liked was when Kai used to have meetings with the rest of the world leaders, we got to see the different alliances and formation of the new countries. I thought that was such an interesting way of sneaking facts in the book. And in winter we got to know a lot more about how life on the moon is like. Maybe if that was introduced a little earlier in the series we definitely could’ve seen some more development, but still incredibly happy with how the world was planned out. And oh oh the technology is definitely so believable, like that could be us in the next 50-60 years!!(or sooner)

Marissa Meyer’s writing doesn’t really do anything for me. Its very simple and casual but I really love how naturally the conversations were written. Even though the writing was kinda plain it fits in perfectly with the story. Maybe this was intentional but hey either way it works out pretty well. The pacing is not the greatest though, especially in Winter I felt it wasn’t the best. ALSO I LOVE HOW SHE WRITES THE RELATIONSHIPS LIKE AAAHH ALL THE COUPLES ARE SO CUTEEE

Is this series worth the read?? HECK YEA! I don’t think it’s overhyped at all and the characters make the whole series so much memorable. SO WHAT ARE YOU DOING?? PICK UP THE LUNAR CHRONICLES!! YOU WON’T REGRET IT.(MOSTLY)

anyways thank you so much for reading! Hope you enjoyed and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

bYYeeEE

30 thoughts on “The Lunar Chronicles- Series Discussion

  1. I didn’t like Scarlet (the book, not the character) much either… AND REALLY?!? RAPUNZEL IS A PLANT?!!
    Evidently, I… did not know that. *awkward silence*
    While we’re on the topic of awkwardness- I s o agree for Cinder. She’s so REALISTIC. Fantastic, honestly.
    And Winter!! I love her too!! ;D
    YES! The worldbuilding was *chef’s kiss*
    Fun post (:

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    1. Yea me too it was really kinda underwhelming loll
      IKR I WAS SO SHOCKED TOO! I’VE NEVER ACTUALLY SEEN IT IN REAL LIFE🤔
      AAAHH CINDER, the most down to earth awesome character, glad you agree hahahahaa 😀
      YESSS WACKY WONDERFUL WINTER!!
      It is indeed perfecto 🙌🏻
      Thanks for reading so glad to hear you enjoyed!! 😆😆

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  2. I read this series quite a while ago and I did end up being pleasantly surprised by it– the characters were really engaging and I loved their dynamics a lot. It isn’t a perfect series but I can see why so many people love it and I’m glad I read it. I think Cress and Winter are my favourites. I did enjoy Fairest, I don’t like Levana at all but I thought her journey was interesting to follow in a way– she is very cruel though!!

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    1. Me too! I was pretty shocked by how much I enjoyed it 😂 the series definitely has its flaws but overall it was a very fun read! Hm yea I think so too! I definitely wasn’t a huge fan of Scarlet so haha. Levana’s backstory was quite intriguing indeed! Thanks so much for reading, really appreciate it😁😁✨✨

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  3. Ahh, I just found your blog and I love your posts! It’s so cool that Rapunzel and Cress have that connection – I realised it only quite late, too! But, yes, I loved the Lunar Chronicles so much as a whole and the whole idea of retelling fairytales was awesome. I loved this review – definitely summed up my thoughts perfectly 😉 I just followed your blog too – it’s really great!

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    1. Eeekk thank you so much 💖💖 Exactly! Such a cool hidden fact 😂 Me too, Marissa meyer’s ideas are so innovative! Hahah so happy to hear that . Aww thanks so much for following, really appreciate it 💕💕💕 Welcome to Random Reader’s Rambles Maya!!

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  4. I haven’t read this series yet but really want to. I did read Heartless and agree that her writing is casual which I personally find great (as much as I love beautiful and more intricate writing styles), the casual writing style I think works well for the stories she’s writing. I definitely want to read this series more after reading your review!

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    1. Ooh yes you should totally check it out! Yea exactly! Lyrical writing is gorgeous ,but Marissa Meyer’s writing does work out really well with her stories! Aaah hope you check it out soon ! Thank you so much for reading! 💖💖💖

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  5. I actually really liked A
    Scarlet. I’m always torn between that and Cress when it comes to picking a favourite. I think Cress just wins out though. And I do love the world as well. I love that it’s a series of different retellings but set in a sci fi dystopia style world. And yes the characters are fantastic!! I really want to reread the series one day actually as its been a few years and I’ve only read it the once. Have you read the authors new retelling?

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    1. Ooh that’s interesting to hear! Most people seem to like it a lot, haha , definitely looks like I’m in the minority for that one😂
      But yess Cress is simply wonderful! It was action packed right from the beginning!
      Right? Marissa Meyer does the world-building so well!
      And no I haven’t read her newest release! It seems pretty good though! Have you read it??
      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Charlotte!!💗💗

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      1. I’m glad it’s not just me then 😅 I’ve noticed that Cress tends to be super popular, although I’m not surprised.
        I haven’t read it yet but I hope to soon. It definitely sounds intriguing.
        💗💗

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      2. Sorry I thought I’d answered this but it didn’t seem to go through. I’m glad it’s not just me then and yeah I’ve seen a lot of people list Cress as their favourite.
        Not yet but I hope to soon.

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  6. AHHH I LOVE THE FORMAT OF THIS REVIEW SO MUCH!!! and even though my opinions on the series are completely different from yours (*AHEM* i won’t hold it against you, don’t worry) I still loved reading it so much!! ALSO THE FACT THAT WINTER HAS MORE INFO ABOUT LIFE ON THE MOON MAKES ME SO EXCITED FOR IT AHHHH, I HAVE BEEN DYING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE LUNARS SINCE THE FIRST TIME LAVANA STEPPED OFF THE SPACE SHIP *AHEM* AND THERE’S ALSO A WAR SCENE?????? *EXCITED SREAMING* i shall come back and thank you after reading the remaining two books and maybe i’ll bring rants along too if i end up not liking them ahhahaha KIDDING (…probably)
    i’ve only read Cinder and Scarlet and Fairest from the series, and I HATE cinder with a passion (like, i thought so many things were really under-developed and THE DISEASE MADE NO SENSE BECAUSE SOMEHOW NO ONE WAS EVEN WEARING MASKS AND STUFF??) Scarlet was SO MUCH BETTER in my opinion and i am wholeheartedly in love with fairest!!! AND LEVANA IS ALSO MY FAVORITE MC FROM THE SERIES SOMEHOW???
    ALSO ALSO have you read heartless too? AND CAN I PLS HAVE YOUR THOUGHTS ON PRINCE KAI?????

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  7. I loved this series so much!!! It was one of those that I didn’t expect much of at the beginning until I wanted more and more 🤪
    I JUST LOVE CRESS. I normally go with the more strong character but something about Marissa Meyers writing made Cress so loveable!!
    So glad you enjoyed this book!!

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