Tonight at work I read two short prequels.
One was “The Strange Case of Finley Jayne,” prequel to the Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross.
I haven’t read anything else by Author Cross, though I certainly plan to in the near future. I found this book by searching for “steampunk” on my Kindle, and skimming for books whose authors had feminine-looking names and didn’t seem to be jam packed full of sex. (My Kindle was acting up and not wanting to connect well to the internet, so I was frustrated and got a book quickly. I don’t regret it.)
Finley is a young lady who seems to be developing dissociative identity disorder/becoming a multiple. Given the many references to classic horror stories (including that in the title), it’s obvious that Author Cross was going for a Jekyll-Hyde type thing. Basically, when Finley becomes angry or worried, this “other” takes over her body and attacks—or does detective work. Whatever the case may call for. Finley isn’t always happy with this other thing, but it is admittedly helpful. And something else has been happening to her body, sharpening her senses and making her stronger. Finley makes a friend and all sorts of dramatic things happen, especially given that this is a short prequel. Loved it! I will be getting the first book in the series soon.
The other prequel I read tonight was “Glitches,” prequel to the Luna Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.
I have read the first book in Author Meyer’s…sorry, I can’t, she’s going to have to be Author Marissa. I have read the first book in Author Marissa’s Luna series, which is titled Cinder, and I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel. I was thrilled to learn about this (free!) prequel. But I have to talk a bit about Cinder here.
Marissa wrote Cinder and the other two books in the trilogy for NaNoWriMo. As in, the same NaNoWriMo. Like, she wrote over 150,000 words, THREE NOVELS, in ONE MONTH. Obviously they weren’t good to go immediately, but as I barely scraped up 35k last November in my book, I can’t…just…wow. When I heard this about her, and I heard what the first book was about, I knew I had to support my fellow (though excessively superior) WriMo and at least check it out. By the way, the book, Cinder is about…
A cyborg Cinderella.
Go buy it now, okay? Pssh, like I even have to tell you to do that after those magical words.
I read Cinder a few months ago and have been recommending it to people since—but please be warned that it ends on an impressive cliffhanger and the sequel isn’t set to come out until next year. (See, I didn’t know that. I thought all three were published already. But nooo. I learned the truth after I finished the book.) Anyway, it’s about a young cyborg named Cinder who works as a mechanic to help earn her keep at her obnoxious and rude stepmother’s house. There’s nothing too odd about that, but when a prince in disguise shows up at Cinder’s booth, asking for help to repair an android he’s had since he was a child, things start getting interesting. And man, oh man, is this prince dreamy. I have a low tolerance for cheesy dudes, typically speaking, but Prince Kai smiled at Cinder and I melted. He’s precious. Also, he has no idea she’s a cyborg. So, there’s that.
Then a lot of interesting stuff happens, there are some nice twists and some predictable ones, and an android who is worth reading the whole book, even if you hate everything else in it. Also, a plague. And a moon colony.
So, back to the prequel! It’s free, so you have nothing to lose by checking it out and hating it. It’s short and adorable, and it would have gotten me to read Cinder if I hadn’t already. It covers how Cinder came to live with her stepparents (I’m not sure that’s the correct term, but it’s the one used in the story…she’s adopted) and what life was like for Cinder and her new family before her adopted/stepdad passed away.
Aren’t prequels great? Maybe I should write one…
No. Not going to happen. Not even if you begged.