Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian
Published: 2012, Feiwel & Friends
My copy: Paperback, 387 pages (bought at Books on the Common–Ridgefield CT)
Summary: 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. [Goodreads]
Somehow, it took me this long to get to The Lunar Chronicles… but I’m saying that it’s okay because I am so in love with this book that I want to read the rest of them as soon as humanly possible (and that was not a dig to cyborgs). I’m not big on fairy tales in the first place, so retellings are iffy for me, especially the ones with modern twists. However, I love dystopian novels and ones with magic or advanced electronics, so I figured Cinder was worth a shot since everyone seems to love it.
Like with any retelling, there are some things that are absolutely predictable. She meets the prince, her step family is horrible, she goes to the ball, etc. But with Marissa Meyer, Cinder is a mechanic cyborg with only one horrible stepsister and one nice one, a city full of the plague, a war with a moon colony looming and a whole bunch of other stuff that is just off the charts crazy. I thought I would be able to know what was going to happen, but obviously, I was wrong. If you’ve read this book, you know what I mean. Something to know about me: I like to constantly be surprised and kept on the edge of my seat by a book, so when I can tell what’s going to happen, I quickly lose interest.Obviously, this was not the case with Cinder (if you haven’t already guessed, I adored this book).
I’m still on the edge of my seat: the ending did not wrap up anything, so I’m slightly panicked as to what is going to happen in the rest of the series, but in a good, excited way. I can’t wait for Cinder, Kai and the other characters in this book to show up again, as well as meet new characters (if they’re as well written as Cinder, sign me up!)
I really enjoyed the plot and the characters of the story, as well as the amazing setting that the author created! I wouldn’t read this if you’re not a dystopian person, because it’s some pretty futuristic stuff.
“I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”
Rating: 4.75/5 stars
Current read update: My next read is Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which I’m hoping to finish before Lady Midnight comes out on TUESDAY!!! You can friend me on Goodreads (booksforjulia) to see what’s happening in my life, book-wise!