Got Fairytales? The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers

Got Fairytales? The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers

Archetypal fairytale princesses unite to save a futuristic vision of what our world might be.

A must-read for Young Adult, Science Fiction, and Fairytale buffs alike.

There are five books in this series, with a final collection of six short stories that take place in the same world:

  • Cinder, a retelling of Cinderella in a future version of Earth, if Cinder was a cyborg.
  • Scarlet, the story of Little Red Riding Hood and her Big Bad Wolf.
  • Cress, about poor Rapunzel imprisoned in her lonely satellite tower by her Evil Stepmother.
  • Fairest, the story of the making of an Evil Queen.
  • Winter, a reinvented Snow White joins Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress to overthrow her stepmother, the Evil Queen.
  • Stars Above, a collection of short stories that take place in the world of the Lunar Chronicles.

I’ve summarized each almost too succinctly, as the thorough world-building and poignant characterization of Meyers’ series are lost in such extreme brevity. However, if your interest is piqued, you will love this series.

My two favorite things about these books:

    • The juxtaposition of classic fairytales in a science fiction world that remains believable and relatable.
    • Strong female protagonists who all save themselves in their tales (and save the men they love as well), rather than the “classic” prince saving the damsel in distress.

Muchier Scale: 8 out of 10.

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