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◄ Book Info
Series: The Lunar Chronicles – Book #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairy-Tale, Science Fiction
Pages: 448 (paperback)
Publication Date: 2nd Edition – January 8, 2013
Publisher: Square Fish
Website: Marissa Meyer
Cinder on Goodreads
Marissa Meyer Profile on Amazon
My Review Copy: Purchased
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“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.” – Goodreads
“If anything, he was probably trying to discern how much of her was metal and silicon.
She kept her head high, even as her eyes stung, even as panic filled her vision with warnings and precautions.”
“Her younger step-sister looked angelic, her dress all silver and shimmering, with hints of lavender when caught in the fire’s light.”
Peony is Cinder’s younger step-sister and is the only one in the family, besides their robot Iko, who cares for her. Peony makes it to my top favorite character based on her youthful innocence and the ability to see beyond material items and to the heart of who people are. Even though she is young and has much to learn, she understands compassion and grace more than those who are several years older. Peony also has the giddy little girl obsessions, such as the handsome Prince Kai, and who doesn’t love to get a little school-girl giddy sometimes. The innocence just makes you smile along.
As for her relationship with Cinder: “… Peony was the only human friend she had.” How can you not get behind a character like this?
Cinder was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. The pages seemed to fly by and before I knew it, the book was over and I was left wanting more. Marissa Meyer utilizes elements from the story of Cinderella, but puts her own cyborg, intergalactic twist on it; which make it the perfect read for a grown-up version of a classic fairytale. There are little comments and scenes throughout the book that parallel with the fairytale we all know. I love the way Meyer incorporated these elements – they fit like a glove in the book. Some of these snippets are clear as day, whereas other are more subtle. It’s sort of fun to see if you can pick out the similarities as you’re reading.
Like Cinderella, Cinder faces her home life with an “evil” step-mother and two step-sisters. Only in this story, the younger step-sister, Peony, is kind and treats Cinder as a friend. She is forced to do the household duties and provide the sole income for the family. Cinder also struggles with being an outcast in her society and deals with the internal conflict from that every day. Her family is too ashamed to admit what she is to outsiders and the public who knows what she is shames her from being “less than human.” The only real feeling Cinder knows is guilt and embarrassment for being someone she didn’t choose to be.
As if those struggles weren’t enough, Cinder crosses paths with Prince Kai (another Cinderella similarity) due to her renowned skills as a mechanic. Of course, she cannot let him see what she is, a worthless cyborg. Surely he would disrepute her and shame her for even allowing him to speak to her as if she we human. The relationship between Cinder and Kai is constantly teetering on the edge of a cliff. Cinder must keep secrets from Kai for self-preservation as well as keeping his reputation intact. Kai doesn’t make this easy for Cinder and she finds herself on the verge of telling him everything. Meyer creates an interesting dynamic here between the two; they seem to push each other outside their comfort zones without even realizing it.
Cinder is a Young-Adult book, but I recommend this for everyone who loves fairytales (especially Cinderella). It’s a pretty easy read, but you will find it enjoyable and easy to get sucked into. I would read this again and again and cannot wait to read the rest of the series – definitely worth the money to add it to your collection.
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