Friday, May 10, 2013

Cinder by Marissa Meyer [Review]

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)5 out of 5 Robots!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Release: January 3, 2012
Hardcover: 387 Pages
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
Why did I wait so long to read this?!?  Admittedly, the whole cyborg thing was a major turn off for me.  Something about it just didn’t click with me, but amazing reviews kept poring in to the point where I felt I could no longer ignore this book.  I’m SO glad I gave it a chance.  Fun.  That is how I would describe this book.  Marissa Meyers did a great job of blending Cinderella with a futuristic plot, that was different (and better!) than I expected.  I guessed the “twist” early on, but I didn’t even care.  I was having too much fun watching it get to that point.  Some parts end up being a little fluffy.  I found this mostly occurred when Meyers was trying to converge the Cinderella thread with her sci-fi plot.  I won’t lie, this isn’t the most thought provoking book or the most clever.  There isn’t a lot of strong world building.  But I was captivated by the characters and the fast paced plot.  Definitely worth a read!
Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Cinder
2. Scarlet

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