Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
“She was a cyborg, and she would never go to a ball.”
Genre: Sci-fi Fantasy Publisher: Square Fish Format: Paperback
Source: Bought Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 Stars) Synopsis:
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 love fairy tale retellings. And I love robots and sci-fi. So I thought there was no way this book could disappoint me. I was pretty much right.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer was an amazing mix of mechanics, an imagined war torn future, mechanics, and a tale where a powerful prince falls in love with a disadvantaged common girl. It was well written, suspenseful, and engaging.
The main things I loved about this book were the world building and the characters. The world was fantastic- a place where unloved cyborgs and androids who do all basic jobs mix with royalty and balls, while everyone lives in fear of a deadly plague and the alien race that lives on their own moon. It isn’t a book world that I would want to love in, but it’s dynamics were fascinating.
I really loved the characters because while their problems are very different than ours, they were very relatable. Cinder’s feeling I being unwanted, unloved and unappreciated can be paralleled in real life, as can her need to hide herself from Prince Kai because she didn’t want him to stop liking her because of things out of her control.
Cinder was a wonderful book that I highly recommend to fairy tale and sci-fi fans. My only complaint about it is that there isn’t another book about Cinder specifically. (Though I surely will be reading the rest of the Lunar Chronicles anyways.)