Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
~Rating: 5/5 stars~
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 is an ambitious retelling of one my favorite fairytales Cinderella. In this modern fairytale set in futuristic New Beijing, hundred years after World War IV, we are introduced to the main heroine: Cinder. A deadly and contagious disease is ravaging the Earth and killing its people, not to mention an imminent war against the people who live on the Moon (Luna), the Lunars. Cinder will soon discover that that the peace and safety of Earthens might possibly lie in her hands. I have to praise the book for its originality. I mean, a cyborg Cinderella in a dystopian world? You gotta give Marissa Meyer props for coming up with that. I personally loved the world she built. It is a very fun read. I enjoyed reading it and I was interested enough to continue flipping through its pages eagerly. The writing is clean and very descriptive. I love Prince Kai and Cinder’s cyborg slash bestfriend: Iko.
Cinder was an awesome protagonist and very like-able. She is in an awful living situation with her evil step-mother Adri and her equally evil step-sister Pearl. But at least she has her nice step-sister Peony and the family android, Iko, there to help her cope. Cinder is a Cyborg which is part human part robot. She is looked down upon for this reason and is treated like a slave in her home. Adri blames Cinder for all of their troubles insisting she is the cause for everything and anything bad that has happened to her family. She can’t cry or blush, and that helps. Like, she literally can’t do both of those things. She wasn’t programmed to. I also love that she’s so strong and determined. There was no fairy godmother here to help her go to the ball. She did shit herself and refused to back down.
Prince Kai. Even mentioning his name makes me swoon. Prince Kai was surprisingly down to Earth for being a prince. When I began this novel I expected him to be shallow and sheltered. Instead he was a prince of the people and I liked that he was willing to do anything to save New Beijing.
Overall, I think Meyer did a terrific job with this retelling of a beloved classic. Likable, believable characters paired with a compelling story that had the right amount of tension and suspense made for a winning combination. The ending has me itching for the next book in the series, and I’m eager to find out what happens to Cinder and Kai, and the fate of Earth and Luna.
I strongly recommend this book to you if you want an awesome dystopian fairy tale retelling with great characters. And you might even have as much fun reading it as I did. :] Now, on to the next book in this series!
Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf…), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a kid, something she doesn’t intend to grow out of. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder, her first novel debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers list