Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #1
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Number of Pages: 387
Source: PurchasedHumans 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.
My Rating: ★★★★
My Rating: ★★★★
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 is by far the best take on Cinderella I have ever read. Even with the knowledge that the story was based off of the classic tale, I didn't find myself bored because it was the same old story. Because it wasn't the same old story, Marissa Meyer added in many other plot points such as the plague that kept me wondering what was going to happen anyways. The start of the book is the slowest part and every page gets more and more intense.
The futuristic world that Marissa Meyer sets up is one of the most interesting societies and worlds that I've seen set up with the history and different provinces and countries and so many other things. There are so many little details that are thrown in that make the world seem so believable and realistic. The characters are pretty well developed, especially considering that so much happened in the book.
The biggest problem I had with Cinder was that it was fairly predictable. I didn't ever find myself totally shocked with what happened next. But the world and the characters are so well developed that it didn't bother me that much.
Overall, I gave Cinder 4 out of 5 stars. It's a great new take on Cinderella and I definitely recommend it to anyone who thinks it sounds interesting.