January 3 of this year (2012) saw the release of the first book of the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. It has not been out long and already several of us at work have read it. I classify it as dystopian young adult fiction but others have put it in the science fiction for young adults genre. If you've read my review you'll recall that Cinder is a "mock-up" of the Cinderella story starring Cinder, a cyborg, who is orphaned and living in New Beijing with her stepmother and two stepsisters. Technically that is not correct. It's more like the stepmother's deceased husband "adopted" her. At any rate, the plague runs rampant, killing young and old alike within a very short period of time and scientists are working vigorously to find a cure. Cyborgs are their guinea pig of choice. When Cinder's step-sister is stricken with the illness, Cinder's cold-hearted stepmother offers Cinder as a test subject. Thus begins the realization that there are more secrets around Cinder's true identity than perceived. (though the reader often has them figured out long before Cinder does).
The ending left me mouth agape! What happens to Cinder, Prince Kai, and the Lunar Queen?
expected hoped Marissa Meyer would carry the story forward to the next book in the series but an interview on Amazon reveals other intentions. Below is a portion of the interview:
"The next book in the Lunar Chronicles is called Scarlet, and is about Little Red Riding Hood. What is appealing to you most about this character as you work on the book?
Scarlet is awesome—she's very independent, a bit temperamental, and has an outspokenness that tends to get her in trouble sometimes. She was raised by her grandmother, an ex-military pilot who now owns a small farm in southern France, who not only taught Scarlet how to fly a spaceship and shoot a gun, but also to have a healthy respect and appreciation for nature. I guess that's a lot of things that appeal to me about her, but she's been a really fun character to write! (The two leading men in Scarlet, Wolf and Captain Thorne, aren't half bad either.)"
Surprised? I was!! This blogger has sent off an email to the author, Marissa Meyer, hoping for some secrets to be revealed. I will keep you posted! If you hear anything, please let me know in the comments below. Until then, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Cinder and see for yourself what all the fuss is about!
PS Is there a Snow White story coming in the chronicles?