The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer is getting new covers and new stepback art (the stepback page is the first page after the cover and will feature an additional image). Check out Cinder’s new art here (plus all the new covers!) then read my throwback review of Cinder from 2012!
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New Covers for the Lunar Chronicles
Here’s the gorgeous new cover and stepback art from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Here is the new cover and setback art for Cress by Marissa Meyer
And finally, the new cover and stepback art for Winter by Marissa Meyer
Who is the artist who designed the new Lunar Chronicles Covers
I urge you to check out his website and see some of his other illustrations – he’s SO talented!! He has won awards from the Society of Illustrators, the Society of Publication Designers as well as American Illustration and Print magazine.
Review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Published in 2012 by Feiwel and Friends
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A good retelling stays true to the spirit of the original story while giving it a fresh, original spin. Cinder does exactly that. At its core, Cinderella is a pretty basic tale: with a little help from some friends, an underdog in life and love bests her tormentors and gets her man. To give this simple fairy tale depth, Marissa Meyer layers on sci-fi elements, political intrigue (an ailing king, his son, and a power-hungry Lunar queen) and a dystopian twist (a deadly disease).
Cinder, our heroine, was badly injured in a childhood accident and is now a cyborg. She works as a lowly mechanic in the city of New Beijing and could really use a new mechanical foot, but her evil stepmother spends all Cinder’s wages on her own two daughters. While working in her shop one day, Cinder meets cute with Crown Prince Kai as he sneaks into her shop with a droid in need of repair. (A bit implausible, but I was still loving it.)
Like its plucky heroine, Cinder is a bit of a mash-up. There are echoes of Star Wars (a droid that harbors a secret message) of The Hunger Games (a young step-sister who is not at all wicked) and of Sailor Moon (a missing lunar princess.) Cinder does throw in a couple of plot twists which I definitely saw coming a mile away, but that didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story.
Another aspect of the story I particularly admired was the way that the author took Prince Charming, a handsome yet bland guy, and transformed him into Prince Kai, a guy with a lot to face: his father’s mortality, his own looming responsibility as leader, and an evil, spellbinding villainess. I love a good female villain. I think YA needs more of those!
What do you think of the new Lunar Chronicles covers?