“Even in the future the story begins with Once Upon a Time.”
In the streets of New Beijin both humans and androids exist. A plague is spreading and ravages the population of New Beijing. Cinder is a cyborg, a mix of a human and an android. She is also a gifted mechanic. A second-class citizen. Cinder wishes to leave New Beijing and escape to Europe with her android friend Iko. But when Prince Kai turns up at her booth with a broken android she finds herself intertwined in Kai’s life and the mystery surrounding her world.
I heard a lot of great things about Cinder before I read it, and I can totally understand why. The concept of this book was great! It was a very unique and captivating twist on the Cinderella fairytale.. It was good how Meyer built the Cinderella tale into the story, rather than try to build the story around the Cinderella tale. It was very well executed. I really loved the idea of cyborgs and it was executed really well. I also love a good dystopian. Cinder was a very different and well developed dystopian which I didn’t expect, and I was very impressed and pleasantly surprised.
World building is vital for a good dystopian and Meyer had no problem doing this as I felt as though I could delve into the world and experience it for myself. It was done exceptionally well. I also liked the idea that Cinder wasn’t set in America, but Beijing, unlike a majority of Young Adult books which are set in America. So, this was very refreshing. The writing was also beautiful, and it kept me captivated from the start. Despite it not having much action in, I didn’t get bored at all, and wanted to keep reading.
The characters in Cinder were greatly written and I adored many of them. Cinder was a character which I loved, she was passionate, independent, strong and brave. She was also sarcastic and funny which entertained me. Kai was also a character which I grew to love. He had a lot resting on him and a huge amount of pressure and handled it well. He was a great character and I enjoyed his and Cinder’s relationship, as it didn’t feel too rushed. Iko was also a lovely character and her and Cinder obviously had a good friendship.
Scarlet is the second book in the Lunar Chronciles series and it continues after the events of Cinder, but it introduces a new character – Scarlet. Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing, and on her quest to uncover what happened, her and Cinders lives collide.
I loved Scarlet. A lot more than Cinder, if possible. The fact that Meyer managed to intertwine the lives of Cinder and Scarlet together was impressive. I knew as soon as Scarlet was introduced that she was a character which I would enjoy. I loved the fact that she could stand up for herself and had quite the attitude. She also showed a great sense of loyalty throughout the book, first to her grandmother, then towards Wolf. Wolf was a character which I also admired, he was brave and protective of Scarlet. I loved seeing the character development with his character.
The romance between Wolf and Scarlet was very cute and I felt myself wishing they ended up together and happy. I really liked the continuation of Cinder, and I really enjoyed how both Scarlets and Cinders stories were interlocked. I already deeply admired Cinder in the first book, but again, I thought she was better in this. Iko’s back! Woo! And then Cadet Captain Carswell Thorne, who is flirty, sweet and charming, and I found him to be a very amusing character – I can also tell he’s going to be a love interest for Cinder. There also wasn’t enough of Kai… I sort of miss him.
Overall, Scarlet is a great story, with great characters, a great pace, great everything. Marissa Meyer has outdone herself.