Cinder by Marissa Meyer
(Book one of the Lunar Chronicles)
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Format: Borrowed ebook
(You can buy the book here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cinder-Book-One-Lunar-Chronicles/dp/1250007208/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458235700&sr=8-1&keywords=Cinder. Surprisingly, the paperback copy is cheaper than the ebook)
The book is set in future Beijing, China, where the king is suffering a deadly plague and androids roam the Earth along with humans. Cinder is a cyborg and a gifted mechanic with a very twisted and mysterious past. On the moon, another species exist. The Lunars, under the rule of Levana, have been looking for any excuse to attack Earth. Around the same time, Prince Kai’s father dies of the plague, making Kai the new Emperor of the New China. The Queen of Luna, Levana sees this period of mourning as the chance to try and take over the Earth. No one on Earth knows that their entire future is in the hands of a teenage cyborg. Cinder faces many crucial decisions in short amounts of time having to choose between her own freedom and to save her planet.
When I first started to read the book, I was a little hesitant. It seemed like a risky take on the original Cinderella story.
I’m usually very skeptical while reading futuristic books but after the first third of the book, I couldn’t put the book down (which I guess is a good thing). Cinder is a very well built character with a humble beginning. She owns a stand in the market where she is the famous mechanic. In true Cinderella form, Cinder is hated by her stepmother and is blamed for her younger stepsister’s illness. After an outbreak of the plague in the market, Cinder contracts it to her younger sister, unknown to Cinder herself. In anger and frustration, her stepmother Linh Adri volunteers Cinder for a study of the plague using cyborgs. After an extensive study, the doctor finds out that Cinder is not affected by the plague and makes discoveries about Cinder’s past, before she was a cyborg.
Unknown to her at the time, she is the silver lining to the Prince and to a Doctor working for the Crown, in 2 very different ways. The story progresses as Cinder finds out more about her past and using the information for better or for worse.
The building of the world is fantastic. Meyer did an amazing job creating this new world for Cinder and everyone to live in, writing in a way to let us visit through her books. Cinder was a vibrant and well developed character who reacted in every situation, the way most readers would. The one thing I love most about her is that she works hard for what she wants. This isn’t seen very often in YA novels in this form but I’m very glad this is included. I also loved how Meyer wrote one of the stepsisters with some degree of kindness because that isn’t something that was expected when you hear Cinderella. The stepmother also has a reason to hate Cinder in this book, and she isn’t just hating for the sake of hating. This was like a remix of the original fairytale while still hitting all the important points of the original book.
Overall, I give the book a 7/10. The book was a little hard to follow along at some points because of all the different plots developing alongside the main one. Since the book is a series, the end was a cliffhanger but for me, it was enough information to stop reading. I have started to read the second book, Scarlet and as soon as I finish, I will review that book as well.
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