Genre: Young adult / Fantasy
Page Count: 395 pages
Publication Date: January 2012
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.
I’ve JUST finished reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and I’m still a bit surprised to be honest. I thought each of the books in the Lunar Chronicles series was based on a different fairy-tale, with each of them being a stand-alone but that the stories were connected somehow… How wrong was I? Don’t really know where I got that impression from, but just imagine my shock when the book ended and the story didn’t?!
I NEED to read the second book in the series, Scarlet (I’ve added it to my ever growing TBR list).
At first I wasn’t sure about the whole cyborg thing. Could technology and fairy-tales go together? Wasn’t that pushing it a little too far? … NO! The story totally works!
Cinder, the main character, was easy to relate to. Her sarcasm and determination were brilliant. Cinder’s android companion, Iko, was one of the best characters in the book! I loved her sense of humor and loyalty.
New Beijing, a futuristic Eastern capital, is so inviting and real that you can’t help but be pulled into the story. I ended up feeling seriously concerned about them at times. One of the best things about the world-building in Cinder is that the author doesn’t just throw a whole bunch of information at you. Marissa Meyer reveals her world to you bit by bit, so you’re never bored or overwhelmed.
My only question is, why did I wait so long to start this series?!
Cinder is seriously good!
If you like re-tellings (this was my first and I don’t regret a thing!), dystopian, futuristic settings and lunar colonies, then this book is for you!
I couldn’t recommend this book enough.