Monday, September 2, 2013

Book Review: Cinder

Title Cinder

Series The Lunar Chronicles, book 1

Author Marissa Meyer

Release Date January 3, 2012

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'm a fan of re-telling fairy tales (see My Name is Rapunzel). Even though that's the case, I was hesitant to pick up Cinder. Cinderella isn't my favorite fairy tale as it is (and no, I can't tell you what my favorite is because I'm not even sure I have one), so it makes sense that a futuristic Cinderella didn't exactly beg for me to read it. It seems, though, that sometimes we're destined to read a book whether or not we plan on it. After the first time I saw Cinder, suddenly it was everywhere. I felt like I had no choice but to give in and read it.

Meyer's writing is engrossing and absolutely wonderful. There's no doubt in my mind (now) that all the attention Cinder has received for a good reason.

One thing I'm always weary about whenever reading a re-telling is whether or not the story will be original enough to even warrant a re-telling. I feel like an author needs to strike a balance between sticking to the original story and making it their own. Meyer does this beautifully. There's enough plot twists in this book to keep it interesting without over-complicating it. While I did figure out a fairly important one early on it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book, but rather added on to it.

Cinder is such a great book. I loved the writing, the characters, and the futuristic world that Meyer created. I would definitely recommend this book. And I, personally, cannot wait to continue this series.


5 out of 5 stars

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