Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Published date: January 3 2021

PublisherFeiwel & Friends

Pages: 387 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the 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.

Review: I’m not sure I knew what I was getting into when I started Cinder, the first installment in the Lunar Chronicles series. I am so so so glad there’s going to be at least three more. Anyways.

Now that I think about it I've never read any retelling fashioned in the futuristic YA dystopian world that we’ve all become addicted to and originally I thought Cinder was a steampunk novel. I was very very wrong.

Cinder is a cyborg who is misunderstood, unloved, and is forced to make a living to support her evil “stepmother” or legal guardian and her two girls. Sound familiar? Minus the cyborg part maybe. Yes, most of us have heard of Cinderella or if you’re like me and have seen every movie that the character has ever been in. I followed along, trying to put Cinder and Cinderella’s story together as I went. It was quite fun actually.

Cinder was such a great idea. The people living on the moon. The setting of New Beijing. It was all so amazing. Cinder’s personality was great and I felt connected to her in a way I don’t find myself usually doing with other characters.

And Kai…don’t even let me get started. Let’s just say he’s at the top of my YA boy crushes list. He was sweet, charming, and willing to do anything for the Commonwealth. Even if that meant marrying someone detestable. I respect him for it. But in the end I was indeed upset with him, though I know he will prevail in the end and set things straight.

Cinder is the first in a series I will be waiting eagerly for.