Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published On: January 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Sci Fi, Dystopia, Fairy Tale Retelling, Cinderella
Maturity Level: YA - some violence
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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.
Loving this cover. It’s subtle but fits perfectly with the book. Can you guess which fairy tale it’s retelling?
I loved this book the first time and I really hoped I’d love it the second. I read it quite a whole ago so this re-read was actually a great idea because I didn’t remember as much as I thought.
My New BFF
Can I please be BFFs with Cinder? Plleeeeeease? She’s just such a great character! She’s in a really bad situation but she still makes the best of it and does what’s right. She’s also extremely brave doing all those things she did. Not many people would have the courage to take on a queen in front of that many people.
Who could read this book and not fall in love with Prince Kai? It’s basically mandatory. He’s nice and mysterious to draw you in and then you see little parts of his life and see how unhappy he is. You start to feel for him and then slowly fall in love with him. That’s exactly how a love interest is supposed to make you feel! Well done to the author for pulling it off!
I love that even though this is a fairy tale retelling, it’s not that predictable. The biggest chunk of the plot has nothing to do with Cinderella and I’m very grateful for that. The plot is fast paced and designed to suck you in immediately, which it does of course, and the characters are what keep you reading. I can’t say anything bad about this book.
I think this is a book everyone should read no matter how hyped up it is. I know everyone isn’t going to like it but I think it’s something everyone should at least try because it’s so different that it might just spark something in you. I love fairy tale retellings even if they are predictable, that’s just who I am. I can say that this is easily my favorite retelling because it’s not predictable and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I love that it’s set in the future and that it’s set in China. I can’t say I’ve read a lot of books that took place in China. I love the dystopia feel of it while not being your typical dystopia book. I love all the genres that are mixed into this book that really do make it possible for so many people to enjoy. I love everything about this book (as you might have noticed) so I recommend it to everyone!
“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”