First sentence: “Almost a year has passed since we overthrew the wicked tyrant, Queen Levana, and crowned my best friend, Cinder—aka Princess Selene Blackburn—as the true queen of Luna. “
Welcome back to The Lunar Chronicles and Iko kicking ass!
In the previous book, bounty hunter Iko and appointed sidekick (joking!) Kinney have been hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele and the “rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers,” who demand that Cinder reverse their mutations or blood will be shed. Of course, there is no way to reverse what former Queen Levana did, so what now?
For those who have yet to read the first graphic novel of Wires and Nerve, you must, and this is everything you need to know.
First sentence: “Somewhere outside Sydney, Australia…”
“I need more Iko” is the first thing everybody I know says after reading The Lunar Chronicles. And why shouldn’t they? This lovable android with her upbeat personality and love for dresses and shoes is an absolute delight. Readers cannot help but fall in love with her. Readers have been waiting years for her own story, and it’s finally here!
Dear Marissa Meyer & Wires and Nerve,
When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series. Goodreads
The Little Android is a retelling of The Little Mermaid, set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles by New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer.
When android Mech6.0, saves the life of a handsome hardware engineer, her body is destroyed and her mechanics discover a glitch in her programming. Androids aren’t not meant to develop unpractical reasoning or near-emotional responses…let alone fall in love.
First sentence: “Mech6.0 stood against the hangar’s charging wall, one of hundreds of mute sentinels watching the passengers flutter by with their hovering luggage carts and excited chatter.”
We get a Little Mermaid story!
The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
First sentence: “Scarlet was descending toward the alley behind the Rieux Tavern when her postscreen chimed from the passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: ‘Comm recieved for Mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulous Law Enforcement Department of Missing Persons.'”
Scarlet made me fall in love with this series. Absolutely head over heels. Sure, Cinder initiated my fascination with this series and its world, but Scarlet cemented my love for it.
This book follows Scarlet as she searches for her missing grandmother with the help of Wolf, and Cinder and Captain Thorne as they try to avoid being caught (‘cause y’know, they’re fugitives) and to find someday who can help them out on their journey. I’m sure you can guess that the new characters — Scarlet and Wolf — are based off of Little Red Riding Hood. I really love this adaptation of the story because gahhhh, Scarlet. Wolf. *dreamy sighs*
It is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen’s army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.
First sentence: “They came at the end of the long night, when the manufacturing dome had not seen sunlight for almost two weeks.”
Oh, darling, Ze’ev (Z).
I have so much love for this short story. It is about Ze’ev’s induction into, you guessed it, the Queen’s army at the age of twelve. It follows him as he adjusts to the modifications and “improvements” to his body that will eventually help the Queen. His days are filled with endless training and fighting; none of which he particular likes.
My heart goes out to him because he’s, y’know,. (I just fall in love with his character over and over again.) He isn’t a mindless soldier, doing his job. He shows that he is against the way the pack is run, but keeps quiet because of the consequences. He doesn’t win all his fights, but he’s a good fighter who is exceptional at defending himself. At the end of the novella, he regains most of the control that was taken from him. It’s really frickin’ awesome.
I love the tension between the brothers. Ran wants nothing to do with Z even though they’re in the same pack. Ran feels like he’s living in Z’s shadow again. It’s really not Z’s fault. It’s sad that Z’s only family member refuses to have anything to do with him. It makes me excited to see how their relationship will develop in the next book.
The Queen’s Army is a great introduction to what exactly these soldiers are doing before they are sent to complete an important mission for Queen Levana, and to Z, who plays an important role in Scarlet.