Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi, Young Adult, Fairy Tales, Re-telling
My Rating: 4/5
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“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.”
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From a young age, I was obsessed with fairy tales; now, at 21 years old, I still find something about them to be enchanting. When I first heard about Cinder, I was quite excited, albeit a bit skeptical. I do grow weary when it comes to YA novels, mostly due to the [overused] love triangles. I’m happy that I picked Cinder up though!
As you can read in the description of the book, Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella from a completely new perspective! In this book, Cinder is a cyborg mechanic who works to try and stay on her step-mother’s good side. Her only friend is an out-dated android named Iko that has an attitude all her own! Amidst this seemingly normal world, is a plague that is destroying anyone that comes in contact with it, and there’s only one hope of ever curing anyone! Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like anyone has found a cure… or have they?
Through possible coincidence, Cinder meets the handsome prince Kai. As their world gets intertwined, Cinder’s life becomes more and more complicated, leaving her between a rock and a hard place.
As I stated in the beginning, I do tend to read YA a lot, but I can’t always stomach the romance… Cinder wasn’t full of ridiculous romance. Yes, there’s definitely romance in there, but compared to other YA, it’s quite toned down [thumbs up!]. Meyers did a good job at incorporating the story of Cinderella while keeping the story all her own, because of this, I was glued to the book until I was finished. I must admit, I expected the ending, but it was well-done; in fact, this whole novel was well written.
While it wasn’t perfect – sometimes it seemed too separated from the rest of the story – it was a great short read, and I’m happy I got to read it. I did read this some time ago, but I plan on reading Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) as soon as I get back home!
If you’re a fan of fairy tales and are looking for something new, definitely check Cinder out.
Enjoy, and happy reading!