Book Review: Cinder

Title: Cinder Lunar Chronicles #1

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

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.

My Review: Before I started reading the book I was a little dismayed because of the Cinderella theme. Don’t get me wrong, I love Cinderella. The issue I had with it is that I assumed that Meyer was going to feed off of the fairy tale without giving it due credit. I apologize because I feel as if I’m not properly explaining myself. (That seems to be my story most of the time. ;)) I figured it would be a book that EVERYONE knows is about Cinderella with the evil stepmother and stepsisters but the author would give no credit to the fairy tale. Well Meyer definitely made an ass out of me for assuming on this one. She truly incorporated Cinderella into the book. Besides the usual, you know, the the evil step-people, the handsome prince, the glass slipper… Again the usual. I also loved that Cinder being divided into four parts that each begins with a quote from the fairy tale. It definitely sets the stage and I enjoyed the book so much more because of it.

This story is unique to say the least. So what is Cinder about? What makes it unique? Well if you put in the Cinderalla fairy tale, throw a Cyborg in there, add the correct dosage of dystopia, sprinkle in a teaspoon worth of Sailor Moon and there you have the magic that is Cinder.

I’ll be honest and say that I only had a vague notion as to what a cyborg was before I read this book. For those of you who are also not sure, I’ll clear up the air. According to Google, a cyborg is a fictional or hypothetical person whose physical abilities become superhuman by mechanical elements built into the body. The protagonist, Meyer’s Cinderella, being a cyborg is a very creative twist. Along with a few other surprises, Meyer manages to make this book unique and unforgettable.

I have noticed how much I tend to gush about romance and am trying to slow down on that. But it seems I can’t help myself ;). As many of you know I love romance. Period. In every size, shape and form. Whether it be instant love or realistic get-to-know-each-other-first love. Well in this book, Cinder and Prince Kai (her love interest) do the get-to-know-each-other-first romance. Their interactions are sweet and funny and I really enjoyed it. However, what I enjoyed most was this crazy, big emphasis on crazy, climax. I can’t stress this enough it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. But I feel that as amazing as Cinder is, it was only used to set the scene to what I hope (I’m crossing my fingers here) will be an amazing series.

If you are picking up this book thinking you’ll know what to expect, after all it is based on a very popular fairy tale, well you’re in for a world of surprises. There are so many plot twists in this book, that honestly, took the book up several notches: from being good to being amazing. I will complain here and say that I think Meyer set up some of these plot twist a little too well. If you are wondering why this is negative, I will tell you (well even if you are not wondering I will still tell you… Ha ha ha!). Some things that could of been amazing plot twists turned out to be obvious. Meyer hinted at it enough that it was expected for this eager reader (yes, me). But have I already said I love this book? Because I do. Even with some overly hinted at plot twists I was on a roller coaster ride. You know, where you are slowly inching up to the drop (plot twist)- You know it’s coming, you think your prepared for it but when you get to the top and go down that drop you are still terrible excited and breathless. So Cinder, thank you for the amazing ride!

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