Review by Lauren
source: copies from library; all opinions are my own
Review: I assume most of you have at least heard about Cinder. If not, the basic idea is that this is the future, and Cinder lives in New Beijing. She's also a Cyborg. While Cinder is the main character, each book focuses on a new female character that will help save Earth from the destructive nature of Levana, the Queen of Luna (a country on the moon). After Cinder, we get Scarlet and then Cress. All the books are told in third person and follow a mix of point of views. The book Cinder is mostly about her, but with each new book, you start to get even more point of views, from the girls to Kai (New Beijing's Emperor).
Normally these books might not stick out to me as something to read, because I haven't really read that many fairytale retellings. However, I had read so many reviews of this series and I eventually realized that I had to check these out, and I'm so glad I did because these books are fantastic. I love books told in first-person, as I feel you get to know the characters better, but third-person really worked for this series. You still feel connected to everyone, but you also are able to learn a lot more about this world and the characters within it without being relegated to just one point of view, like most first-person novels.
As I mentioned above, these books are based around fairy tales and I loved that. Each book is broken up into sections and at the start of them you get a quote from the original fairy tale that book is based on. Cinder is Cinderella, Scarlet is Little Red Riding Hood, and Cress is Rapunzel. The final book comes out later this year and will be called Winter, so I believe it's based on Snow White. We meet Winter in Cress's book and I'm already fascinated by her. These ladies are all vastly different, but they are all just as important to overthrowing Levana. Cinder is a mechanic, determined and strong. Scarlet is feisty and loyal. Cress is an amazing hacker and a character that shows that being brave doesn't mean you aren't also afraid.
Overall, I love these books and I can't wait for the final novel, Winter. I suggest giving these a chance, even if you aren't sure they are a right fit for you. You might just be surprised. It's an imaginative world that wonderfully blends fairy tales and unique concepts into one action-packed series.