Saturday, June 30, 2012

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

(The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publication Date: January 3, 2012

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Fairy Tales/Dystopia



Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the 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 Thoughts: Cinder is a re-telling of the classic fairy-tale Cinderella, only with a futuristic twist. Set in the future complete with hover cars, port screens and cyborgs Cinder takes Cinderella to a whole new level. A plaque is threatening the human race and cyborgs seem to be the only "people" who are immune. So, the government is looking for cyborg (*ahem) volunteers to help aid the research for a cure.

Cinder is who the cyborg who the story follows. Adopted by her step-mother's father at a young age (only to have him die soon after), Cinder is treated as a servant and second-class citizen by her step-mother despite her late husband's wishes. Instead of cleaning floors and feeding pigs, Cinder works as a mechanic at the local market. She seems to be able to fix anything. She is handy and tom-boyish and just refreshing. It is there where Prince Kai brings his old, beaten up android to be repaired.

With the threat of a global epidemic akin to the black plague, threats from the Lunarians (a race of evolved human beings who occupy the Moon) and Cinder trying to make her way in the world while the Prince of New Beijing attempts to woo her, Cinder is a Cinderella story like no other. Cinder proves that she is strong and kind throughout the story and does not wait for Prince Charming to sweep her off of her feet and save her; Cinder can save herself. Cinder is well worth the read!

Are Audiobooks more your thing? Well Cinder is available in audio format! Here is a preview of Chapter One for you to listen to now!

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