Book Review → Cinder

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cinderTitle: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Publication Date: January 3, 2012

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Several of my friends have been trying to get me to read this series for quite a while now, but tbh robots, androids, and cyborgs aren’t really my thing so I put it off for a really long time. I have been trying to read more science fiction so I finally picked this one up from the library and gave it a shot. I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed it but it is a well written book and quite entertaining, I pretty much read it straight through, with a couple of breaks for sleep. I loved Cinder, Iko, and Peony, those three were my absolute favorites. Iko is a hoot, she made me crack up laughing quite a few times while I was reading. I did like Kai, he is a really good character, and I can’t really fault him for his reaction at the end but I was a little disappointed by it. There were quite a few predictable moments but that was more because it is a Cinderella retelling than anything to do with the storytelling/writing, which is excellent. I am really looking forward to Scarlet, I love Red Riding Hood retellings. I read the preview at the end of this book and I can already tell I am going to love Scarlet (the character)!

Stars: ★★★★
Recommendation: Yes, even if this doesn’t sound like it’s ‘your thing’

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