Publisher: Feiwel & Friends.
Release Date: 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.
In a sudden frenzy of YA spins on fairy tales, Cinder is a bright spot. Mixing some dystopian and sci-fi elements with the classic tale of Cinderella, I was thoroughly absorbed and entertained.
There is so much going on in this book; a plague, an alien queen trying to marry herself into the royal family of New Beijing, cyborgs (CYBORGS, YOU GUYS!) and a budding romance between one of said cyborgs and a prince that I found just so stinkin' adorable. But none of it ever really felt like it was too much, too overwhelming or bizarre for one book.
For awhile, I thought the only Cinderella aspect that the book had was the evil stepmother/stepsister, and I was perfectly okay with that! But it wasn't until a few days after I finished that it hit me - the story sorta kinda does follow the entire fairy tale. And having that revelation was so much fun! I don't want to spoil it for anybody so I won't elaborate, and though I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, props to Marissa Meyer for sneaking that up on me! I love when books have hidden surprises, it makes the reading experience so much more satisfying!
There's not much, if any, negative things I can say about Cinder. The whole Lunar and alien stuff confused me quite a bit, but I was pretty much educated enough by the time the book ended. And I wasn't a fan of the ending, but I'm positive it's just my extreme impatience for the next book in the series.
Overall, Cinder is imaginative, fantastical and one of the most remarkable modernized fairy tales I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I definitely recommend this to anyone in the mood for something adventurous, fast-paced and creative!
Other reviews for Cinder:
Nice Girls Read Books.
The Book Lantern.