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PostSubject: The Lunar Chronicles   23rd July 2014, 4:17 pm

I had heard about this series before and knew it was a modern fairy tale retelling of some sort, but then I heard the word 'cyborg' and 'sci-fi' and 'space wars' and decided to steer clear of it because sci-fi is not my thing. However, I then learned that Marissa Meyer, the author, is a long-time Sailor Moon fanfic writer.

Naturally, that alone intrigued me. Plus, fairy tale retelling.

I decided to get the books and started reading the first one, Cinder. Here's a synopsis from Goodreads:

"Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future."


Doesn't sound Sailor Moon-ish at all, right?

WRONG.

I see Sailor Moon references all over the place. There are Lunar people, and okay, they're not very nice, but PEOPLE OF THE MOON. Also one of the characters is called Princess Selene (okay, she's princess of the moon, Selene = moon goddess, but STILL, the author loves Sailor Moon, you know it's deliberate).

And when I started putting the pieces of the mystery together, I realized it is BASICALLY SAILOR MOON'S CORE STORY.

Which part I won't say because it will spoil it for you and I want that wonder and amazement and excitement for you so I shall restrain myself. But you will figure it out and it will be glorious.

TL;DR: SAILOR MOON. SLASH FAIRY TALE RETELLING. ALSO SCI-FI IF THAT'S YOUR THING.

Read the book.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   9th August 2014, 11:11 am

i think i want to read this, it sounds interesting.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   9th August 2014, 5:43 pm

Have you read Marissa's SM fanfic "The House on Thornrose Lane?"  It is the most reviewed SM fanfic on fanfiction.net, and it is SOOO GOOD.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   9th August 2014, 6:00 pm

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Have you read Marissa's SM fanfic "The House on Thornrose Lane?"  It is the most reviewed SM fanfic on fanfiction.net, and it is SOOO GOOD.
i have not read it but i must add it to my list, i was looking at her works, I want to read the coffee shop nes

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   9th August 2014, 6:31 pm

Oh this sounds really interesting! is it an e-book or can I actually buy it from bookstore? Just curious. :3

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   9th August 2014, 6:43 pm

i saw it in both formats kindle edition is 2.99

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   9th August 2014, 6:59 pm

I just wanted to know cause I don't have a tablet and i'm not into ebooks (that could change if i ever get a tablet >.>).

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   10th August 2014, 2:42 am

It's available in print as well. I don't like ebooks either (I'm a book snob lol xD) so yeah. They're kind of thick though. I'm on book 3 right now and I can't stop reading it as well as the additional short stories.

If you wanna find out what the writing style/story is like you can read one of the free short stories here: The Little Android (based on The Little Mermaid). I bawled my eyes out.

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Have you read Marissa's SM fanfic "The House on Thornrose Lane?"  It is the most reviewed SM fanfic on fanfiction.net, and it is SOOO GOOD.

I haven't! I'll have to check it out. She has so many stories and I'm not sure where to start from!

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   20th August 2014, 10:23 am

i got Cinder in the mail yesterday and started reading it. I like it so far, its very different from my usual reading choices.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   24th August 2014, 9:35 pm

I hope you're enjoying it! I was looking at her FAQ page and got really amused by this (she's a live action fan!!)

Why did you choose to set Cinder in futuristic Asia?
The easy answer: it just popped into my head that way. It probably had something to do with my first inspiration for Cinder’s character being Japanese actress Mew Azama, who played Sailor Jupiter in the live-action Sailor Moon show.

That said, it’s actually quite fitting, as some scholars believe that the earliest Cinderella tale came from 9th-century China. Additionally, some believe that the iconic glass slipper (which was gold in the original Grimm version) came to us from China’s tradition of foot-binding and a culture in which women were praised for tiny feet. So having Cinder set in China kind of has a symbolic, cyclical quality to it.

(But really… it was mostly because of Sailor Jupiter.)

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   19th October 2014, 5:45 pm

just finished Cinder, omg it was amazing. please tell me we see her again in the series, you cant just end there. not with what was revealed and  reasons.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   19th October 2014, 8:36 pm

We totally see her in the other books too! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   19th October 2014, 8:38 pm

yay, cuz my jaw dropped at the end, i assumed it very early on- but when i actually saw it i was like whoa....yes!!! i am gonna start scarlet tonight Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   15th July 2015, 11:29 am

I finished Cinder yesterday, and WOW.

It was definitely one of the best books I've read in a very long time. I enjoyed the plot, the characters, the world-building, the romance, EVERYTHING. I have been in love with Marissa Meyer's writing since she was a fanfiction author on FFN, and I have been so excited to read this book and am glad I finally got the chance. One thing that never fails to surprise me with Meyer's work is that she isn't the type of author to sugarcoat things and make everything happy in the end. As I read the book, I found myself shocked at all of the twists and tragedies. 

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Anyway, this book was overall a fantastic read and I cannot wait to move on to Scarlet!

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   15th July 2015, 1:27 pm

Yayyy I'm glad you like it! THE NEXT ONES ARE EVEN BETTER. I can't wait for you to meet the other girls.

And yes, about the obvious Sailor Moon connection. When I realized that halfway through I had a total fangirl moment xD

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   15th July 2015, 8:57 pm

I actually started reading this series yesterday! It's interesting so far! I'll have to check them out from my library!
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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   26th August 2015, 5:37 pm

I loved this book! I see the Sailor Moon references as well. It's basically like if Queen Serenity was evil.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   24th November 2015, 5:10 am

I finished Scarlet yesterday and I JUST WANT CRESS SO BAD UGHHHHH.

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I highly anticipate getting Cress! I may buy it this weekend, or I may just wait until Christmas.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   24th November 2015, 7:26 am

Winter has been so popular that it has sold out really quickly!  I'm reading Winter right now. (:
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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   5th December 2015, 11:33 pm

This book was just amazing. I finished it a few months ago and only now saw this thread. And I was thinking the whole time..."These seem like Sailor Moon references?" LOL I am glad to learn I was not far off.

But I am just dying because my book subscription service Scribd only has the first book. I am hanging on the cliffhanger! XP Such a great story though.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   3rd March 2016, 6:48 pm

I am currently reading Cress. If I didnt have a job to go to tomorrow, I would stay up all night and binge read it. I just want to keep reading, it's that good.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   1st April 2016, 9:08 pm

I am almost finished with winter and all I can say is wow. This has been such an enjoyable series.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   4th May 2016, 3:23 pm

I JUST FINISHED CRESS AND I AM DYING FROM THE FEELS.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   4th May 2016, 6:03 pm

Just wait til you read Winter. Though I recommend reading Fairest first.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   7th July 2016, 12:26 pm

So I finished Winter forever ago and didn't post xD

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   7th July 2016, 12:48 pm

I started reading Scarlet a while back. I really need to finish it but keep getting distracted with the Internet.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   11th November 2016, 4:13 pm

I bought the first book.  Can't wait to start reading it.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   13th November 2016, 1:27 am

How have I missed this thread? How many books are in the series so far? It's basically if Queen serenity was evil and a bunch of Sailor Moon homage sign me up!

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   13th November 2016, 5:12 am

There's four in them main series, plus a novella about Levana's origins and a short story collection released after the final book that has stories that take place all over the main plot line.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lunar Chronicles   26th May 2018, 10:47 am

I love this series! I have all of the books and read them all too! What really surprised me is that Marissa Meyer the author of the Lunar Chronicles series is a Sailor Moon fan and I never knew that she was a Sailor Moon Fan Fiction writter until I did research. To be honest when I first started to read this series, I knew that Marissa Meyer was inspired by Sailor Moon when she wrote the Lunar Chronicles series and that she is also inspired by Fairy Tale stories too along with Greek Mythology.

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