Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Hardcover, 1st Edition, 387 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
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.

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A futuristic retelling of Cinderella where our heroine is a cyborg, sprinkled with dystopian and steampunk. There are so many places this story could have gone wrong. But it doesn't. It's actually a lovely, refreshing take on Cinderella.

Cinder's character is more abrasive than classic versions on Cinderella, which was a nice change of pace. Her side kick, Iko, is an android with a defective personality chip; she's quirky and adorable. Cinder's relationship with her step sisters and step mother also was very well done. They felt like real people. However, I feel it needs to be said that the relationship between Cinder and Prince Kai didn't feel as genuine as I would've hoped. 

My only real criticism, though, is that Cinder felt incomplete. With every novel being part of a series these days, it has become a bit of a trend to write a book that serves only as build up for the rest of the series. I'm not saying that Cinder felt like a prequel (most definitely, it did not), just that I wished the climax felt more... climatic. But maybe it's just me. Other than that, Marissa Meyer did a wonderful job of world building and putting a new twist on an old fairy tale.

Final Thought: 8 out of 10 toadstools

Review also available on GoodReads

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