Saturday, March 3, 2012
Cinder Book Review
Author: Marissa Meyer
Format: Hard cover
From Goodreads: "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."
I've read quite a few books over the past couple weeks but I wanted to wait to do my first review on a book that absolutely blew me away, and Cinder definitely did that! I've heard amazing things about it, and I was SO happy when I won a copy, that I started reading it as soon as I got it in the mail. I was not disappointed, either! The writing was flawless, the characters were well developed, and the pacing was perfect!
Cinder was a character that you felt connected with right away. Even though she is a cyborg, you could understand how she felt and how hard her life was. I love the fact that Cinder is a modern take on Cinderella, and that she was the poor girl who tried so hard just to get by in a life full of hardship and rejection. She was the adopted daughter/ward of a vicious woman who resented having to take care of a cyborg after her husband died soon after taking Cinder on. Cinder has two "step-sisters", the kind Peony, who she is very close to, and Peony's older sister, Pearl, who takes her cues from her mother, Adri. Cinder is a mechanic in New Beijing and dreams of running away one day to start a new life somewhere else. Then she meets Prince Kai, who is an absolute dreamboat, take it from me! He's handsome, charming, and doesn't care that Cinder is a poor mechanic, although she manages to hide the fact that she's a cyborg from him! When the plague hits too close to home, everything changes, and Cinder's life is thrown into even more chaos than before.
I loved everything about this book and can definitely highly recommend it!! If you've read it, let me know what you thought - did you fall in love with it like I did, or if you didn't, why not? :D