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…
Glitches is the prequel for Cinder, the first novel in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series. This short story introduces Meyer’s main heroine, Cinder, and provides the origin story of the headstrong mechanic. The excerpt for Glitches on Goodreads does little to actually describe the story, so here is my version:
Cinder, an eleven year old cyborg, is left to adjust to her new metallic hand and leg in New Beijing. Her new family barely tolerates her due to her ‘condition.’ Lost without memories of her previous life, Cinder learns that there is more mechanical in her than meets the eye. Glitches establishes the integral relationships between Cinder and her new family while introducing the ever positive Iko.
This is a wonderful prequel short story, and I recommend that readers of the Lunar Chronicles start their adventure with Glitches. I bet understood Cinder and it gave depth to Adri, the evil step-mother. Glitches performs best when included in the Lunar Chronicles universe, and I can see how some readers may find it lacking as a stand alone story. Just remember the true function of Glitches when diving in to Meyer’s science fiction fairytales.
Expect to see the rest of Meyer’s work discussed through out the month of June as she is one of my favorite new authors. I was actually inspired to start writing my own novel while reading Cinder. Glitches is a prime example of Meyer’s story telling capabilities and it left me excited to pick up Cinder once again. Let me know what you think about Glitches!