Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopia,
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Cover: I love it. That is what I call a memorable cover.
Source: NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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’ve been excited to read Cinder for awhile because I thought it would be unique and really different than any other YA book. And it kind of was, and it kind of wasn’t. It had a great story and I can’t rave enough about the wonderful writing. It was descriptive without being overly descriptive, but vivid and managed to capture the emotion of the narrative. It’s the type of writing that just really flows from one sentence to the next, and because of that keeps the reader from wanting to put the book down.
As for the story itself, it was not exactly what I was expecting, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. It just wasn’t as unique as I thought it was going to be. I think it’s kind of common knowledge by now that this is a retelling of Cinderella. And there were some similar story elements, but for the most part it was very different. It had the mistreated girl, a prince, the glass slipper (disguised as something else), and the wicked stepmother and stepsisters (sort of), but that’s where the similarities ended. Besides that, there’s just a simple story of a girl and a guy from different classes that fall in love. There’s a bit more to it than that, but I think that covers it pretty well. It is a dystopia, it is sci-fi, and the world-building was pretty fantastic. I also thought it felt pretty realistic considering we were dealing with androids, cyborgs, and people that live on the moon.
As for the characters? For the most part I loved them. They weren’t as well developed as I felt they could have been, but they were pretty unique. And that gives them some bonus points in my eyes. The one character I was looking for more personality from was Prince Kai. He was kind of dull! The androids and cyborgs had more personality. Actually, they had great personalities. And I loved the crotchety doctor..he may have been my favorite. No spoilers here, so you will have to see for yourself.
In the end, Cinder has a great story and it’s a really fun read. You won’t learn anything new, and the plot is pretty straightforward, but it is a lot of fun reading the gorgeous writing as the story unfolds. I can’t think of too many people that wouldn’t enjoy reading this book, so pick up a copy and get reading.
Final Note: I think it’s a fun read that almost anyone would enjoy. It has a great story, great characters, and the words were a lot of fun to devour.
To pre-order Cinder from Amazon.com, click here: Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles
This link will take you to the book trailer: http://shelf-life.ew.com/2011/12/20/cinder-book-trailer-marissa-meyer-exclusive/