Friday, January 27, 2012

Cinder - A Review

Cinder - Marissa Meyers (publisher)


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 Thoughts:

Okay I really was not sure of this book when I received it. I was a little concerned with it be based on fairy tales. I went in thinking I'd know the story line and outcome. Not the case with Cinder at all and I'm so glad I gave it a chance. I flat out loved this book!
It's loosely Cinderella based. You have a mean, evil Step-mother and sister. A handsome Prince, even a carriage of sorts. With an added going crazy scientist and evil Queen from another planet, and you have a book chock full of actions and suspense. 
Cinder is a cyborg. Not fully human and not fully machine either. She is treated like a second class citizen and not worth a dime. That right there had me rooting for her. Then add the fact she's tough and a fighter when put to the test. I loved that about her character. I loved that she was willing to take risks and fight when needed. Then you have Prince Kai. The whole kingdom of girls swoon over him. He's not your normal overbearing, narcissistic prince. This prince is caring and empathetic and has had his share of heartaches. Let's not forget about the evil Queen Levana. She is the perfect villain. I pretty much distrusted her from the get go. Kinda hard not too with her actions. 
There are so many great characters in this book but don't want to go into too many for fear of giving away details. The plot line was fantastic and kept me riveted. If I had any gripes is the book stopped at a big ole cliffhanger and now I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2!

Author's Website: Marissa Meyers


Cecelia said...

Ah, I loved this one! So glad you got past the cover and description and liked it! I think it will win over a lot of people who are leery of fairy tales, sci-fi, and YA. Very entertaining tale right from the start.

And you're definitely right about the cliffhanger - I can't wait to read the next book!

Bookworm1858 said...

I thought this series got off to a promising start with this book although I wish there had been a stronger Cinderella element. Excited to see what happens next with the evil Queen Levana!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

So glad to see you really enjoyed it by the end. :) I do want to get a copy of this one at some point. Thanks for the great review.

Ryan said...

Hmmmm...... I have a sneaky suspicion I would maybe like this one. I'm just not sure I could get over any doubts I would have about it.