Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Pub Date: January 3rd 2012
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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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.
In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.
I really loved the characters Marissa Meyer has created in this story. From our leading lady, Cinder, and our handsome prince, Kai, to the alien enemies that threaten Earth, to Iko, Cinder’s android sidekick, who had me smiling anytime she was on the page. They were all unique and imaginative.
I really loved Cinder. She is smart and her sense of humor made her very endearing. She knows what needs to be done and while she might not like it, she will not go down without a fight. I loved her spirit, and I really appreciated that she wasn’t meek or a pushover. She didn’t take her stepmother’s injustices toward her quite as quietly as they would’ve liked. But even though she has the spirit of a fighter, she’s still insecure about herself and her appearance, which is something I’m pretty sure will be different in the next book.
Cinder’s past is a mystery to many, including Cinder herself since she doesn’t remember any of it. It didn’t take me very long to connect the dots of Cinder’s mysterious past, but it didn’t take away from the story. I wanted to know when and how everyone else would discover it, and also how our admirable prince would take the news. It was like knowing a juicy piece of gossip that you couldn’t wait to shout to the world.
And, oh, yes…Prince Kai. With his easy smile and his impartial character, I was pretty much in love with him instantly. And his winning qualities didn’t stop there! He was also so kind and caring and charming…and did I mention handsome? Yeah, he’s also very handsome. :) I think he will become a favorite book boyfriend to many.
While I was reading this book, I kept imagining the world as it is in the movie Bicentennial Man, with Robin Williams, where he plays an android. Everything you imagine in a futuristic world is realized in Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. From hovering cars to aliens, it was everything you’d want from the future…except for the aliens, of course…not sure many of us actually want those around.
Cinder is a book that so many of us have been looking forward to. I mean, you can’t tell us it’s a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella, one of the most beloved fairytales, and not expect us to beg, borrow, or steal to get our hands on a copy! And let me tell you: it’s worth it, friends! Go out and get this book!