02 March, 2012

Cinder - Review

Publication date: 3 January 2012 from Feiwel & Friends

ISBN 10/13: 0312641893 | 9780312641894

Category: Young Adult Science Fiction

Keywords: Science fiction, fairytales, Cinderella, cyborgs

Format: Hardcover, Audiobook, ebook

From Goodreads:

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

Thuy's review:

I am sucker for fairytale retellings. Throw in an original dystopian future, a kick-ass heroine, a handsome prince, cyborgs and you have a recipe for AWESOME. Cinder takes the traditional story of Cinderella and turns it on its head. Cinder, part cyborg and part human, is the best mechanic in town. Living as a second class citizen and forced to work to make money for her stepmother, Cinder dreams of a day when she can run away and live her own life. When her sister falls ill to a mysterious plague that’s been terrorizing the country, Cinder finds herself in the midst of a battle that that could affect millions of lives.

I could not put this book down! I read the entire thing in almost one sitting and afterwards was left wanting more. This fresh, exciting debut from Marissa Meyer has everything that I want in a book - a strong heroine, well developed secondary characters, a unique setting and world and a sweet and sexy romance. Cinder had all the trappings of the traditional Cinderella fairy tale but with a futuristic twist. Cinder’s slipper is now a cyborg foot, her coach is a beat up car and her only friend is a hilarious android named Iko.

My favorite part of the story was Cinder herself. Strong willed, stubborn, intelligent and loving, it’s ironic that she is considered less than human because of her cyborg parts when she seems to have more compassion and humanity in her than most of the human. The romance was well done and believable. Even though Cinder and Prince Kai are attracted to each other, it’s not insta-love. Their feelings grow as the get to know each other over the course of the book. The book also had some great villains. Audrey is perfectly cruel as the stepmother you love to hate. The Lunar Queen, cold and ruthless, gave me the chills.

The story was fasted paced and fraught with tension. I figured out the plot twist early on but it didn’t detract from the story at all. I was invested and engrossed every step of the way and the cliffhanger ending will have you begging for more.

The next book in the series, Scarlet, doesn’t come out until 2013. :( Until then, there’s the novella prequel, Glitches, to keep me busy.

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

Here is a picture of Marissa talking at Mrs. Nelsons last week. I left my camera in the car but managed to get a pic with my phone. Thanks for signing my book and dealing with my gushing, Marissa!

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

Find the author online at marissameyer.livejournal.com and on Twitter @marissa_meyer.

1 comment:

  1. I really loved Prince Kai-he is such a good guy. I actually liked him more than Cinder but I'm excited to find out what happens next!