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Marissa Meyer Lunar Chronicles Series Collection 4 Books Set- Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2016
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Marissa Meyer Lunar Chronicles Series Collection 4 Books Set. Titles in This Set includes Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter.
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I actually received a hardback version of Winter in my order at no extra cost. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my box and found it among the paperbacks.
Again, if you're wanting the whole set and don't mind minimal wear (and no tear) this is a great buy. Can't wait to reread the series and have my roommate enjoy a great story as well. It's what's between the covers and not on it ;)
And Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series is actually quite clever in its dystopian/futuristic-steampunk reimagining of the most famous fairy tales, in particular those of Cinderella, Snow White, Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel. While they cleave to the barest storyline of the fairy tale, Meyer weaves in plenty of original plotting that gives the books their own distinct flavors -- conspiracies, brewing warfare, a plague and secret identities. In short, she allows the epic story to stand on its own two feet... or rather, one foot of its own and one robot foot.
Linh "Cinder" is a cyborg, a second-class citizen in the plague-riddled city of New Beijing, who toils away as a mechanic for her cruel stepmother Adri. But her life changes when crown prince Kai secretly hires her to repair an old robot for him, even as New Beijing prepares for the arrival of the cruel, powerful Lunar queen Levana. As Kai tries to find a way to avoid marrying Levana to avert a war, Cinder discovers that she is immune to the terrible plague sweeping Asia -- and begins to figure out her long-forgotten past, and how important she may be to Earth's future.
When her grandmother goes missing, "Scarlet" Benoit finds that nobody (including the French police) is willing to actually look for her. Her only ally seems to be a savage but oddly naive street fighter named Wolf -- and he turns out to have a connection to the people who kidnapped Scarlet's grandmother. As she tries to dodge the brutal terrorists known as the Pack, Scarlet must figure out the terrible secret her grandmother has been keeping all these years... and whether she can really trust Wolf.
"Cress" Darnell is a Lunar shell, trapped on a remote satellite between Earth and Luna, where she has spent the last seven years alone. Her only visitor is the cruel thaumaturge Sybil, and her only comfort is her crush on the Earthen outlaw, Carswell Thorne. Then Thorne -- and his allies Scarlet and Cinder -- contact her and offer a rescue, but Sybil disrupts the plan and scatters the crew of the Rampion. Now Cress must not only save her wounded love, but take part in a war that the Earth may not be able to win.
Levana's stepdaughter "Winter" is lost in an icy web of hallucinations, due to being unwilling to use her Lunar gifts. The only one who shows her kindness is her old friend Jacin -- and when Jacin is commanded to kill her, he instead helps Winter escape her stepmother's wrath. With the help of Scarlet and Cress, Winter is able to join forces with Cinder and her friends -- only to be infected by a mutated form of the letumosis plague. Will she finally be able to revolt against her evil stepmother, now that the revolution is underway?
To be honest, "science fiction versions of fairy tales" sounds like a one-trick pony -- lesser authors would probably just stick a few sci-fi things onto the existing plot and let it otherwise play out the same way as the original fairy tale. But part of the appeal of the Lunar Chronicles is that Marissa Meyer only takes a few elements of the fairy tales in her story (Winter's apple, Cress' hair, Scarlet's grandmother, Cinder's "glass slipper" leg), and reweaves them into a new epic tale of her own creation.
And she comes up with a very strong futuristic world, exploring different continents that have been changed by future technology while still maintaining their distinct cultural flavor. Her prose is strong and swift, full of delicate detailwork (the hallucinations of ice and death that constantly haunt poor Winter) and the odd funny moment (Carswell's roguish antics, including his penchant for "borrowing" things). And she winds together the new story of each successive book neatly into the story of Cinder, adding new characters even as she expands the scope of the plot.
She also has a brilliant knack for writing well-developed, distinct characters -- obviously the downtrodden, increasingly confident Linh Cinder is the heroine of the overall story, but each following story features a new heroine (and a new love story) with the feisty, fiery Scarlet, the lonely and naive Cress, and the fragile scarred Winter. Each one has her own story, woven with Cinder's. And the love interests are no less interesting or varied, be it the responsible and intelligent Kai, the roguish outlaw Carswell, and particularly Wolf, a gentle, rather naive boy with a spookily bestial side.
Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series is a richly-imagined, well-developed sci-fi series that never lets its fairy tale roots keep it from telling Meyer's own epic, romantic, exciting story. Definitely one for those who like their fairy tales with a bit of revolution.