As you might know from previous blog posts, The Lunar Chronicles, that consists of Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, Winter and Stars Above, was the series that got me back into reading and ultimately into the book community and be an owner of a book blog. I read them in English and I own all the books. Even Wires and Nerves, the story of Iko after the main series.
Once upon a time the first two books of this series were also translated to Dutch as the series was still being released in English. Unfortunately the publisher at the time decided to not continue translating the books which was a big shame. Since then The Lunar Chronicles and Marissa Meyer have gained a lot more popularity internationally.
Dutch publisher Blossom Books was able to get the rights to translate and publish the whole series this year. Since the start of the year a book has been coming out each month.Winter is coming out soon.
‘Winter is coming.’
(Except you know, Summer is technically coming sooner.)
While I already own the whole series I was very excited to hear that they would share the love of The Lunar Chronicles further here in the Netherlands. Blossom Books is a publisher that creates a lot of things surrounding their books and for this series that certainly wasn’t any different. Each first edition has a bookmark of one of the characters. They have created a Lunar hunt and I think they will be holding a reading flash mob in July for this series.
A while ago I signed up for their Lunar newsletter and last weekend I received one in the mail. With a poster and a Levana bookmark! How cool is that! That certainly isn’t something that they needed to do.
Since I can’t honestly justify buying the whole series in Dutch again to support them that way to myself or my husband (though I did buy Levana for summer swap), I have decided to at least dedicate a blog post to The Lunar Chronicles. Just for them. And hopefully get some more people wanting to read this great series. Especialy those that are Dutch (or Belgian). So here are some reasons you should become a Lunartic also known as why you should read The Lunar Chronicles
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
This series retells various fairytales. Cinderella and Red Riding Hood to name a few. Now of course fairytale retellings have been done before but Marissa Meyer spins the fairytales into their own unique stories without completely losing the connection to the original fairytale.
I don’t know about you but I personally love Sci-Fi, granted mostly to watch. This book has some of the elements that I love. Still set on Earth mostly, but well into our future. There are spaceships, cyborgs, androids, people living on the moon. Especially that last bit is what intrigues me. I love the idea of aliens in whatever form they come in.
Each book focuses on a female
Each book focuses on a different fairytale and with that fairytales comes a female character that stars in that. Each of them are so very different and have their strengths and weakness but remain ultimately kick-ass females. I think that is important. To show that even though you might be a different type of personality you can still kick-ass as much as that extrovert next to you.
There is a villain backstory
And it is believable. Fairest is a novella of about 200 pages long that focuses on Levana, the villain to our Cinder, that is best read after Cress. One of the things about books like these kind of villain backstories is that it can be unbelieveable. Or you either start to feel for the villain too much. Not the case with Fairest. It hits where it needs to. You get to understand Levana without feeling sorry for her.
The biggest gem to this series is one of the side characters though. Iko is an android but she gives so much feeling throughout this book. In her friendship with Cinder, her flirting with Thorne or her need to find a body. She also brings the best humor to the whole series.
If you want to know more
Have you read The Lunar Chronicles? Did I miss any reasons?