Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Published: January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
387 pages
Source: Borrowed from the library

Description: 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.

My Review: I've seen this book around for awhile now and never really had much of an interest in it because Sci-Fi isn't my favorite genre. Imagine my surprise when I decided to choose it for my Book Club choice and found that I absolutely loved it! You might ask why I chose it and it's simple really--I love Fairy Tales and I've heard that this is a fantastic series! 

I loved the spin the author put on the classic, Cinderella. There are similarities, but Ms. Meyer really made it her own story. I believe that 3/4 of the series is out and the last one has been announced for next year and I loved seeing some of the future characters briefly shown in the story. 

The thing I loved the most was seeing the friendship and camaraderie between Cinder, Iko, and Peony. Their relationships were so sweet and it was obvious that they all lived for it.

Cinder is a tough cookie and she had more guts and courage than I'd ever hope to have. I loved watching the story play out and can't wait to see what happens next. Yes, it ended on a mild cliffhanger.

Content: there were a few mild swear words; some mild violence (mainly due to what happened when people died); mild romance.

About the Author:
Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer lives near Seattle with her husband and their three cats. She's a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf...) and will take any excuse to put on a costume. She may or may not be a cyborg.
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