By: Marissa Meyer
Publication: January 3rd, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy-tale, Re-tellingsSynopsis: 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.
You’re a cyborg.
A very scary disease is infecting your city and the rest of the world. And there’s no cure!
Oh, and some very scary people from the moon want to invade!
But, Cinder, there are a few things that are the same as your original tale:
You’ve got a cute prince.
And a very, very evil Lunar Queen. But, this time, she’s afraid of mirrors.
If that’s not the recipe for awesomeness, I don’t know what is.
Let’s get to the point: I LOVED THIS BOOK. SO MUCH. I’ll be forever recommending it to anyone and everyone. If you are a fan of fantasy, science fiction, and amazing retellings, this gem of a book is for you! Cinder is by far one of the best books I’ve read in along time, and I just know that I’ll love the rest of the Lunar Chronicles. Each book feature a different fairytale character, and her retelling/journey ties into the whole plot of defeating the very evil queen I mentioned above. Genius, Marissa Meyer, genius!
Cinder introduced me to an amazing story practically told by the swish of a wand! Is that your secret weapon, Marissa Meyer? Are you a fairy godmother? Honestly, I would believe it: the writing is gorgeous, the plot is intricate with little twists and moments from the original Cinderella, the romance is real but adorable, and the action scenes are intense but just perfection.
Cinder’s world is established very well. There is history incorporated into the book (apparently, by Cinder’s years, we’ve had four world wars!), an interesting clash of cultures (“The Eastern Commonwealth” is a mix of western and eastern countries, so you can imagine how mixed and different the culture Cinder grows up in is), and as the reader, you begin to see the social class dynamics of this futuristic society (Cinder is a cyborg, and cyborgs are pretty close to servants. They have no rights unless their guardians give them permission to do certain things).I could tell that Marissa Meyer put a lot of time into developing this world and it’s characters.
I liked how Cinder did focus on Cinder’s personal life, but that it also reached a greater focus on the rest of the world and it’s trials: a plague with no cure, an evil alien race, a war that’s being threatened, a Queen who can manipulate feelings and images etc. Since the world got so big, I know that Marissa Meyer will write the other characters in flawlessly; she’s got enough space within this world to really take her time and give us more romance, epic battles, and what I’m betting will be a heart-pounding conclusion in the Lunar Chronicle’s final book: Winter.
Final thoughts: Cinder had an amazing heroine, world, and what I think is an author with oodles of talent behind the story itself. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books and falling deeper into this beautiful and complex futuristic world.
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