Book: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Publisher: Square Fish
Date Published: January 3rd, 2012
Date Started: November 30th, 2014
Date Finished: December 16th, 2014
Other Books Read: Scarlet, Cress, Winter, Fairest
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.
Cinder has always been one of those books that I felt like I should read, but I would never get around to it. Then I bought a copy of it, and yet the same thing happened. I owned it, but it was okay to put it off because it would always be on my shelf. Well, a friend of mine recommended it to me and promised it would be good. I finally decided, why the hell not!
So I read it, and I wasn’t disappointed. I knew it was going to be about cyborgs and an obvious retelling of cinderella because of the cover. But I didn’t know it was going to be set in Beijing and involve interplanetary politics, or a widespread epidemic killing millions of people. Those are the things that hooked me in.
The story revolves around a girl named Cinder who is part human and part cyborg. But in the eyes of society, she is less than human and thus is treated as so. When she was young, she was adopted by a a strange man who died shortly after adopting her. Now left with her stepmother and two stepsisters, Cinder has been blamed for her stepsisters illness. Her stepmother gives her away to the cyborg draft where cyborgs are experimented on to find a cure for the illness. Cinder’s life is set on a path where she has to make tough decisions considering the Prince, her past, and her family.
I felt the book to be a bit predictable, and knew what would happen early on with all the hints that Meyer leaves intwined in the story. I liked that the retelling portion of the story wasn’t exactly like the Cinderella Disney version that most of us are used to. It reminded me more of the movie Everafter, where Cinderella is blamed for everything, falls in love with the prince, has an elderly man to give her advice, and is sold off by the step mother.
I loved Cinder as a character. She’s super sarcastic, and so am I. She’s my kind of girl. But what I also loved about her was the fact that she knew that no matter what someone told her, she knew that things that happened were not her fault. She knew not to be blamed for who and what she is. And she stuck with that. I love a character that hangs onto something like that no matter what happens. I also loved that even through everything bad thing that happened to her, she kept going. She never gave up.
This is a series that I definitely will try to keep going through. I have the sequel, so I’m looking forward to the little red riding hood retelling. I love that each book in the series is a different retelling dealing with a different girl.
Sorry this was so short guys!