by Marissa Meyer
Published by MacMillan on January 3, 2012
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
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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.
I am so angry at myself for waiting so long to read Cinder! I LOVED this book!
I had never heard of this series until Cress was released earlier this year. So many people on Twitter were talking about this series so it made me curious. I bought a copy when Cinder was on sale but it still stayed on my TBR list. I finally read this for a COYER read-a-thon, Fairy Tales with a Twist theme. From the first chapter I was glued to this book! This is an amazing and fun story!
Cinder is a retelling of the classic fairytale Cinderella but don’t think you’ll get bored with story. There is an evil Queen (but she is an alien) and a mean stepmother and stepsister (but Cinder has a loving relationship with a younger stepsister). And there is a handsome prince. But that is where the similarities stop. There is no fairy godmother to help Cinder. She does have some allies but Cinder is an intelligent and strong character that works hard to solve her problems. And marrying a man to take care of her isn’t a goal or the message of this book (unlike the classic tale). The futuristic world adds excitement and creativity to the story that kept me glued to the story. I stayed up past midnight to finish the book (even though I had to wake up at 4:30 am for work). I could not stop reading until I reached the end.
I was really impressed with Marissa Meyer and it is clear that she is a very talented writer. The story was creative, the characters were well developed and the pace was perfect (never a dull moment). This is a must read for young adult fans. And this was a great introduction for me into fairytale retellings. I really enjoyed how she took a classic tale and changed it into something new (and better). I can’t wait to read more from this series!