Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Page Count: 390
Age Range: 12+
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Humans and androids crowd the caucous 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 citizens 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 romance. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.
Hands down one of the best books I have read in the past few months (and that has been a lot). I loved every single thing about this book from the story line to the small characters. Cinder was definitely a surprise because I have avoided reading this book for years, for reasons I cannot describe.
So let me start this off by giving a synopsis in my own words. So there is this girl named Cinder. She is a cyborg. What does that mean?!?! Well, she is part human, part machine. Cyborgs are seen as outcasts in New Beijing so she is under the control of her stepmother until she can escape. While she is the ward of her stepmother, she must make a living for the family by working as a mechanic. This is where she meets Prince Kai who turns out to be much different than expected. Cinder is then sucked into a world and adventure that she never thought she would be involved in.
If you haven't picked up on it yet, Cinder is an adaptation of Cinderella. So, you can think of this book as a mix between Star Wars, the Terminator, and Cinderella. There is intergalactic warfare, an intimidating villain, and an unexpected romance. What I liked about this book is that even though it was similar to Cinderella, it was not the same exact thing. The use of science fiction made this book so much more intense and suspenseful.
Cinder and Prince Kai were so cute. Like I wanted to be Cinder every time they were together. I knew that there would be something between them because come on, but it was the way that it unfolded that kept me reading. Prince Kai liked Cinder for who she was not what she looked like. I loved reading about Kai as well. He had to see his father die and then realize that he was not the Emperor. He had a country filled with epidemic victims as well as a pending war with Luna, the country on the moon. Speaking of, the Luna aspect of the book was so cool to read. The citizens of Luna have special talents and powers unlike the people of Earth, so they can be seen as a problem for Earth.
Overall, this book was AMAZING x 100000. If you have not read it yet than you are obviously crazy (don't worry, this was me forever).
Rating: ************************* (that's like a lot)
Cover Rating: I could marry this cover
1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
2. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Favorite Quotations: "Even in the future the story begins with Once Upon A Time"
Now, what do you think?
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