Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
My Copy: Paperback, 387 pages
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Square Fish (an imprint of Macmillan)
Source: Won in a giveaway from Wintry Words
Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon a Time. . . .
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. . . .
Sixteen-year-old Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past and is reviled by her step-mother. 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. Because there is something unusual about Cinder, something that others would kill for.
I thought that Cinder was good; I’m not sure I felt as crazy good about it as everyone else seemed to, but I did enjoy it. I thought it started off slow and I didn’t feel that overwhelming urge to pick it up after setting it down. But, I didn’t feel a need to set it down while holding it either. So, it was one of those in-between books for me. Not amazing enough to want to rave and rave about, but not bad enough to really have anything to criticize.
The main aspect that I do feel like commenting on is Meyer’s unique adaptation of the classic Cinderella tale. She definitely added a new and different spin onto it. I’m pretty pumped to read the other books in this series, as it seems as though they are going to include different fairy tales. I really liked the idea of adapting these fairy tales (that were originally written a very, very long time ago — actually, they weren’t even originally written; they were just told) into a futuristic setting, where there are cyborgs and androids and aliens of sorts. Very enjoyable reading this unique and creative take on the story.
This was a very story-driven novel for me. As you’ll notice I’m focusing my review on the story. But, I just really liked the story. The characters were nothing special and the writing was good but nothing to rave about. So, back to the story. I loved how at times I forgot I was even reading a Cinderella story, because parts of it were so very different from any of the other variants out there. That was very refreshing. But, then, of course, there were the core motifs still tucked inside so that it was a Cinderella story.
I would recommend this book to fans of fairy tales, especially if you are looking for a unique spin on the classics. I will continue reading this series.
A Peek Inside:
“Queen Levana will stop at nothing to ensure her control,
to terminate any resistance. That means killing those
who could resist her — people like you.
If she were to see you, she would kill you.”