Saturday, February 9, 2013

Review: Glitches (Lunar Chronicles #0.5) & The Queen's Army (Lunar Chronicles #1.5) by Marissa Meyer

Book: Glitches (Lunar Chronicles #0.5) by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: 18 Jan 2012
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Summary: 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. In “Glitches,” a short prequel story to Cinder, we see the results of that illness play out, and the emotional toll that takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch...
Buy It: Free on Tor.com


Book: The Queen's Army (Lunar Chronicles #1.5) by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: 23 Nov 2012
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Summary: 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.
Buy It: Kindle eBook or Free on Tor.com



Glitches Mini Review:
A woman appeared inside the doorway, belting a quilted robe around her waist. “Girls, don’t suffocate your father. He’s had a long trip.”
“Don’t listen to your mother, just this once. You can suffocate me all you like.” He kissed his daughters on the tops of their heads, then stood, keeping a firm grip on their hands. “Would you like to meet your new sister?” he asked, turning back to face the hover. He seemed surprised at the empty pathway behind him. “Come on out, Cinder.”


Having already read Cinder, Glitches was quite the treat. I absolutely adore Peony and was glad to see that she was always a sweetheart to Cinder. It's amazing how much these characters tore at my heart within only a few pages. It has been about a year since I read Cinder but they've all stuck with me. Just seeing Iko's name (the adorably personable android) made me grin.

“You won’t have to worry about me, then. I don’t think I can cry anymore.” She hesitated. “Maybe I never could.”
“Is that so? How peculiar. Perhaps it’s a programming glitch.”
She stared down into Iko’s single sensor. “A programming glitch.”


...Wow, simply wow. I was completely taken by surprise by Glitches. I was expecting a short read with nothing much going on. Glitches was... intense and contained so much of everything. To be honest I think Meyer broke my heart again from sadness and pure joy.


The Queen's Army Mini Review: Meyer has created such a unique blend of genres with her Lunar Chronicles series. It's truly amazing that everything works seamlessly together. The Queen's Army was a wonderful example of this genre blend.

His breathing was becoming more and more difficult to soothe. “What’s going to happen to me? In the next . . . eight to twelve months?”
She flashed a braggart’s smile. “You’ll become a soldier, of course.” She held up the small device again. With a tap, a holograph emerged, showing two rotating images.
One, a young male, perhaps in his late teens.
The other, a white wolf.


I was disappointed that The Queen's Army didn't return to Cinder as the narrator since the next novel, Scarlet, also focuses on another character and I'm not quite ready to give up Cinder's view point. The Queen's Army was quite interesting though and I really enjoyed a direct view of what the lunar queen was up to.

Z was an interesting mind to get in to. I couldn't help but feel for him and his plight. The one thing he wants is to never become a monster and yet... I really enjoyed the ending of the short story and I'm even more pumped to begin Scarlet.

Rating: 5 Bites (Phenomenal, loved it)


Other Books Reviewed From the Lunar Chronicles Series...


What did you think of Glitches and The Queen's Army? Link me your review(s) or leave your thoughts in a comment!
How do you feel about short stories? (Like 'em, wish they were just added to the actual books etc)
What's your opinion of the Lunar Queen?

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