Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Hardcover, 387 pages.
Published Jan. 3rd, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the 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.
This review was provided by Hwa Sun and was first posted on Shangri La of Books.
Cinder is a fascinating retelling of Cinderella with a delightful sci-fi twist.
First of all, this world that Marissa Meyer has created is simply brilliant. She's a freaking genius.
As for the characters, Cinder was awesome. She's smart and level headed, both of which are always good traits to have. She's not afraid to use force if it comes down to it, knows how to be sarcastic, and has a personality that I can easily relate to. I think Prince Kai was amazing, too. I loved his snarky side because it was funny, and he could actually control it and not take his anger out on everyone. He had the ability to keep it mostly to himself, which I very much appreciated.
Now, about the plot: the first 150 pages or so were slow. Nothing big happened, and there were only two reasons why I kept reading through it. One was that I kept hoping that something would happen soon, and the second reason was because the world building was so fantastic, it drew me in and wouldn't let go. I wanted to know more about the world.
When the plot finally began to unfold, I was reeled in even further. The last hundred pages practically flew by. I'll admit, the plot was rather predictable, but it didn't stop me from enjoying it.
The ending was one that I liked very much. It wasn't a cliffhanger, which was good. It closed off this book, while at the same time, it opened up for the sequel.
I thoroughly enjoyed Cinder, and I can't wait to see what the rest of the series bring.
Hwa Sun :)
Cinder is also available on audio and you can hear a clip of it here: http://media.us.macmillan.com/video/olmk/macmillanaudio/CinderCh1.mp3 For some reason my computer won't open it, but I hope it works for you!
Disclosure: All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.
A little about Hwa Sun:
Yellow~ My name is Hwa Sun (pronounced exactly how it's spelled), and I'm a teenage girl who has been a bibliophile since the 4th grade. I moved to WA quite recently. I'm a book blogging newbie, and my preferred genre is anything YA. My favorite books in the world are the Harry Potter series. When not reading (or blogging) I spend my time singing, dancing, and writing. My book blog is The Shangri La of Books and you can find my other contact links there!