Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: Cinder

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)


By Marissa Meyer

Blurb: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

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. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Genres: YA, Dystopian, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retellings, Romance, Science Fiction

Published: January 3, 2012

Series: Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

My Rating: 5 stars

Wow, I was not expecting to like this as much as I did. I mean, Cinderella/cyborg mashed together? That's just weird.

I still have no idea how Marissa Meyer managed to do this so well, but she DID. It was amazing. I love Cinderella retellings, and this is one of the best I've ever read. I would say best, but I still can't tell if I liked this as well as or better than Ella Enchanted.

Cinder is an amazing main character! I love her. She's a strong heroine. She sticks up herself when Adri treats her like dirt. She's a Cyborg. (I wasn't exactly sure what a cyborg was going into this story. I thought it was just a robot, but it's not. According to Google, it's 'A fictional or hypothetical person whose physical abilities become superhuman by mechanical elements built into the body.') SHE'S AWESOME.

Prince Kai was also a great character. I loved how he was willing to do anything for his country. He was a truly selfless leader.

I would like to say that there were 'huge plot twists', but that is one thing I can't say. I actually guessed the plot twists by around the fifteenth page. But this story doesn't need a ton of 'wow, I didn't see that coming!'-s to make it good. The awesome characters and the unique twist on Cinderella make it a wonderful story anyway, so I was able to overlook the obvious foreshadowing.

Also, this is one book where I loved the way the author explained how the world got to the point it did in the book. Normally, I like when the author leaves it up to the reader's imagination, but I thought it was really interesting how Marissa Meyer explained what had happened in the future.

If you haven't read this, do it! This author is one 'Meyer' I will never be ashamed to love.

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