Even if I had the ability to choose an absolute favorite book, I wouldn’t. I don’t have the will power to tell myself to choose a singular book. I do have favorite authors, from whom are multiple series’ that I adore. My favorite authors are: Jennifer A. Nielson, Jeff Wheeler, Brandon Mull, and a few others. Trilogies are my favorite, and all of these authors have each written one or more trilogy(s) that I love. If I had to choose a favorite series NOT by the previously mentioned authors, I would choose the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers.
The Lunar Chronicles are a science-fiction – romance – thriller . . . thing. The series is made up of four books that are each twists on fairy-tales; the first through fourth being: Cinderella, Little Red Riding hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. And the titles are (in previous order), Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter. By no means are they just like the originals, or the most well known versions. But they do share a few key elements, and plenty of small details (not to mention the names and book titles), that make it very clear what stories the author is referencing. The books connect as an entire series, they are not sequels to one another, because that would be dumb.
The main conflicts/problems are a war going on with the people on Luna, (the moon) and a plague ravaging the countries. I believe this is set a few hundred years in the future from now. The main character, Cinder, is a cyborg. A mix between a human and mechanics. She is still a human being, but has a metal leg, hand, and other things. Cyborgs are seen as less than human.Like in the fairy-tale, her step-mother and step-sisters are rather spoiled. But, instead of the younger step-sister being arrogant and self-absorbed, she is sweet, and kind to Cinder. Although rather ignorant and overly optimistic. On the on the other hand, her step-mother and sister are completely arrogant, self-righteous, and whiny. They treat Cinder with contempt; the fact that she is a cyborg furthering the abuse. She is forced to make the money to support the house-hold, and does not even get the luxury of a real bed.
I think this is a great series for those who like suspense, sci-fi, some political gambles, and a moderate amount of romance. The books get a little dark and gruesome, but if Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings don’t phase you, than you should be good. There is no cursing, and nothing inappropriate. Except maybe a few implied things, but as I said, nothing worse than Harry Potter.