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 may be one of the last bloggers to jump on The Lunar Chronicles bandwagon, but now that I've finally taken the plunge, I can safely say I am firmly on there. I didn't want to write a traditional review of this book because everyone has already reviewed it! But I would like to share some of my feelings about it.
Reasons I loved Cinder:
- I pretty much stick to YA Contemporary (more issues stuff than romance), so for a book about freaking cyborgs, androids, aliens, and a futuristic dysopian world to come along and catch my attention is super surprising.
- I loved Cinder and Iko. I know Iko is an android and only acts the way she does because of a "faulty personality chip", but I think her and Cinder's relationship was one of my favorite parts of the whole book.
- I love how this story is SO Cinderella. But how?? How did Marissa Meyer manage to keep the baseline of the Cinderella story while also having plagues and aliens and robots involved? I figured this would be either so far away from the Cinderella story or it would be too much of it... and it was neither!! It was the perfect mix of old and new!
- I loved that this book made me love a new genre of books. Like I said I don't read sci-fi or dystopian or even fairy tale retellings. But apparently I do now :)
- I loved that the romantic relationship wasn't Edward/Bella-ish. There was a connection there, but it wasn't obsessive love. I appreciate the more subtle romances.
- I loved that this was about so much more than just a girl who wanted to go to a ball. It was about politics and disease, war and social class.
The one thing I wanted more of:
- I wanted to know more about how the world got to where it is. It is explained, but very briefly. I also wanted to know more about New Beijing. There was hardly any cultural stuff in the book besides for a kimono and some statues at the palace. It felt like this could have taken place in America because of the way it lacked any real cultural clues. I was actually wondering if the people who live in Asia are even Asian anymore? There wasn't much physical description of the characters to clue me in.
I blogged before about wanting to go outside of my reading comfort zone. Well this was my first book in that journey... and I really picked a good one!! I'm so happy for this book because I could have easily been scared off from this genre of books, but instead I realized there is so much more out there for me in my reading life :)
OVERALL: I loved it!! I'm so glad that I finally ventured out of my comfort zone and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!! I would rec this to ANY and EVERY body.
How I got this book: I own it
Date Published: 1/3/2012