Publisher: Fiewel & Friends
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 received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Oh gosh, I really don't think I can put to words my complete adoration towards this book! Remarkable retelling, imaginative change-up from the original, character's whose depth and witty banter pulled me down into the story like wearing cement shoes in the ocean. I was absorbed into Marissa Meyer's enchanted writing from start to finish.
Retelling Cinderella as a cyborg is complete genius! You can't get any cooler than that! Imaginative, original, and adorable; Cinder made my beginning of 2012 a memorable one! Ms. Meyer's debut novel blew my socks off time and again and I can say that they never came back on.
A futuristic setting for this novel completely blew me away. I wanted to reside there (minus the whole plague and I was sold!) and just live in the fantasy world Ms. Meyer painted before me. The characters had my heart strings tied to them. The depth given into creating them and the realistic qualities present in them was astounding. I couldn't get enough of Cinder's snarky comments and her internal struggles made me push for her to succeed. I wanted Cinder to be happy because she was a character that deserved happiness, someone who went through horrible trials only to be beat down time and again by intrusions. Prince Kai was b-e-a-utiful in every sense of the word. He was a strong main love interest for Cinder, they were a match made in heaven. The badinage between them, the adorable surprise visits, the adorable lengths that he went to talk to her. He was royalty and she was a mechanic cyborg. I shipped these two so hard while reading.
All around, Cinder was fantastic. Some parts were easy to inference about towards the build up of the novel, but even with that I adored how Ms. Meyer played everything out. She took the paintbrush and glided across the canvas. This book was, again, a wonderful way to start off the new year!
First Line: The screw through Cinder's ankle had rusted.