Title: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci-Fi/Futuristic
Goodreads 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.
Rating: 5 Stars
Cinder is a cyborg, a girl that in the past had an accident that damaged so much of her body that much of her is robotic. She even has wiring in her brain and can see the news in her vision. She lives in the future. Far in the future. The earth has been at peace for a long time, separated into basically continental subdivisions, and thousands are dying from a deadly plague that no one can find a cure for. And then there’s another group of people. They live on the moon. They have evolved on the moon. And their queen can control minds.
I loved this story about Cinder. Her character is unique and so believable. Her frustrations became my own, and her admiration for Prince Kai also became my own. I want to see this as a movie! The pacing is awesome. While the setting is New Beijing and considerably different than the way we know things today, Meyer describes it and moves on. Not too much description to bog down the story, just enough that the reader can envision Cinder running through the streets with her android Iko trailing behind. There were some obvious things, the stepsisters and stepmother, the pumpkin, the prince, the ball…..but really, this story has its own life and was told beautifully. Meyer added in cultural details that enriched the story, and the dialogue was fantastic. I can’t recommend this book enough!
I loved the cover! After reading it, however, I’m left questioning it a little (I don’t really want to tell you why…SPOILERS!)….and yet it is beautiful. And it portrays the metal leg of Cinder, alluding to what she dreams it could be. That she could be. I wanted this book because it is completely re-readable. Multiple times. And I wanted it because of the cover. Gorgeous! It looks fantastic on a bookshelf. Sexy. Love it.
THE FUN STUFF
Here’s another book trailer for you! While it isn’t the best one I’ve seen, it’s well-made and it’s cool to see a visualization of the two main characters. If this book doesn’t get made into a movie, I’ll cry.