Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 3rd 2012
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.
This-Book-Was-Awesome! Four words: Cinderella, Cyborg, Futuristic Beijing! Talk about original. It was just… Wow.
I think I am actually speechless… How could I have not read this book before? Why, oh why, did it take me this long to finally read Cinder? Gosh, I am such an idiot every now and then! (Kim, thank you for slapping your copy of this book in my face and making me read it!)
A Cinderella retelling, and not just a retelling, because Cinder was a story all on its own with the fairy-tale elements sprinkled throughout it. The classic Cinderella fairy-tale was just molded into the story, a story with so much happening that its hard not to fall in love with the originality. It was just so well done! Marissa Meyer’s take on the evil stepmother, the step-sisters, THE prince, THE ball, and the ‘Shoe’ left behind was really brilliantly done. I was floored
I was just completely floored by the originality of this book. I love a good retelling, but I also think that retellings are really tough to write because it is hard to add something new and fresh to a classic tale everybody grew up with. Fairy-tales are so dear to me, I grew up loving them and knowing them by heart, so writing a retelling of Cinderella takes some guts. But boy Marissa Meyer nailed it!
The story is based on Cinderella’s story, but only elements can be found throughout the story. There is a whole story going on that is so different from the story we all know. Twists and turns that you sometimes see coming, but sometimes they knock you flat on your ass. While I did figure out the main twist in the story quite early on, there were other things happening that I didn’t see coming at all. I just had to keep reading.
Another highly original aspect of this book was the setting. I mean, come on, we’re talking about New Beijing! Completely original and a little bit scary at times (because after all we are reading a post-apocalyptic, dystopian book in which a plague is running its course over the city and its citizens). The setting takes this story, and the classic Cinderella story we all know, to a whole new level.
Cyborg Cinderella! *squeals* Cinder is such a strong and admirable female character. She’s smart (has a smart mouth as well as the necessary sass to back this up with), head-strong, and never loses her worth as a character. Then there is also a certain vulnerability to her that makes her so relatable. Not that I know what it’s like to be a cyborg or something, just saying.
Prince Kai I developed a crush on right away. He’s persistent and utterly charming, while still being completely sincere. Does that make sense? Probably not… I never make sense when I talk fictional crushes. Don’t mind my blabbing!
As you can conclude from the two previous paragraphs, the characters are definitely another reason to pick this book up! If a Cyborg Cinderella and a very charming prince isn’t enough reason for you to convince you of this fact, I probably forget to mention the cute and No-Verbal-Filter robot friend Iko. Iko is Cinder’s, completely adorable and hilarious, friend that’ll make this story SO worthy of your time!
If you were as stupid as me and haven’t read this book yet? Go get yourself a copy! It’s time to get your Cinderella Cyborg loving on!