This is my first ever hardcore graphic novel. And, although it was seriously enjoyable, it was also a little twisted. A little confronting. And a little bit addictive.
It took me a little while to really get into this book. I absolutely devoured Cinder and all of the books that came before…. But there was something about Scarlet that took me a little longer. And then it hit me, out of all of the fairy tales that I grew up with – Red Riding Hood was the one that held the least interest and sway for me. Something about it never really clicked, and in the beginning of this book, that feeling kind of lingered.
Levanna’s army is shown in Cinder and it seems kind of scary. Which is why a short story about one of the young men who are placed into this situation and created as a soldier worked in quite well. It’s the story from behind enemy lines that is not only introducing a character that will (I’m sure) appear in the next novel, but helping to highlight the horrors which Levanna inflicts upon her own people.
Cinderella is a fairly well known fairy tale. After all, it’s the perfect rags to riches tale. The story of someone overpowering their bad situation and finding a good one. The fact that there is a handsome prince, and a pretty dress and a ball…that just makes it all the more appealing and sweet… at least normally, Cinder gives this tale a very different spin. And one that I personally love to pieces.
This is an alternative view at a great scene in Cinder. And it’s something that I enjoy in a series – looking at another character’s point of view. The fact that it is Kai, the other half of the love match in the first full Lunar Chronicles novel, made it even more captivating. And, it was enlightening as to why Kai fell for Cinder. After all, she is constantly described as being very plain. So I found it a little difficult to really understand their connection in this scene. Until I read The Mechanic, then everything fell into place.
The idea of shells is introduced in Cinder and it is a great reminder that even if you don’t have superpowers, you still have powers. The beginning of the Rapunzel story starts off kind of sad. It’s an unwanted girl in a place where she is told that she is unwanted and not needed. Actually, this is the saddest of the short stories in The Lunar Chronicles that I have read so far. There is no light on the horizon, but rather it just ends with a young girl being locked up by herself, orbiting the earth.
I read this after reading Cinder, and although I am slowly reading the series in order, I’m kind of glad that I read it after reading Cinder. This short story tells the tale of how Cinder became a Cyborg and how she was saved from Levanna’s evil reign. It also gives insight into the world of Lunar and how the Earthlings of this world deal with it.
The blurb for this story is that this is a cyborg version of The Little Mermaid. I was expecting a happy ending for the android-mermaid, but, this short story actually stuck much closer to the original version. Where Ariel doesn’t get her happily after, but rather, sacrifices herself for the love of the prince. And honestly? I loved this version even more. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Disney happy ending. But there is something nice about an alternate ending and twist to the tale.
I liked this short story. It explained the beginning of the Cinderella story that is introduced in Cinder. Explained how Cinder got to where she is, and what makes her so different. Her inability to cry is seen as a glitch, and explained away in terms of a mechanical term.
Although I loved this story, I did find it a little disappointing after all of the fantastic tales in this series. It almost felt like a rushed ending for the sake of writing the ending, with two very different storylines not quite intertwined. That’s not to say that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy and love this book, it was just quite a departure from the first three novels that I was a bit… confused.