Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Written By: Kellie - Apr• 23•13


Series: Lunar Chronicles, #1
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publish Date: January rd,, 2012
Source: Purchased

Rating: 5/5 – Why did I put off reading this book for so long?!?

Synopsis: 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. -Goodreads

Thoughts: I lovvvveedd it!

Seriously, I cannot think of one good reason why I kept putting off reading this book. Fairytales, futuristic, androids. It’s just such a cool concept, and author Melissa Meyer was able to combine all of these elements wonderfully. New Beijing comes to life in everything from the plague that’s tormenting its people to their unsteady relations with the moon colony. I really cannot recommend this book enough.

Cinder is an android, and instead of a slipper she’s got a robotic foot. She’s also a mechanic, and an unwanted ward of her adopted-mother, who (surprise, surprise) is kind of awful. Cinder is not at all the kind of heroine you’d find in the fairytales of olde. She’s headstrong, she’s talented, and she’s someone who is incredibly easy to root for. But it’s still fun to read this book and see as elements from the original story pop up, as well as reading all of the bits and pieces you never thought could work with a classic fairytale. Seriously… androids.

I’ve actually seen lots of other bloggers tweeting about how they haven’t read Cinder yet, even though they know they should. I’m not sure what it is about this book that makes readers think twice (the cover is great, so that’s not it), but I guess it makes it that much easier to gush about the book when you were reluctant to even read it in the first place.

I’ve already got Scarlet (book two of this series) ready to go, but I’m actually holding off on reading it just because I know then I’m going to have ages to wait before I can come back to this world. And what can I say, I’m in love.

Purchase Cinder:
@Amazon (US) @Amazon (CAN) @The Book Depository

Second Opinions:
@Joy’s Book Blog
@Fantasy Book Critic

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