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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Cinder" by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Format: eGalley
Age Group: Young Adult

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.

It has been a really long time since I've read the original Cinderella story, but I've always loved the various book and movie incarnations of it. When I first read the blurb for this book I thought, what could be more brilliant than a cyborg Cinderella, living in a dystopian world, with an impending intergalactic war? Um, nothing! Oh my goodness, this book was completely wonderful and insane.

I loved New Bejing and Marissa Meyer did an amazing job at building this world and making it feel like a real place. The market, the palace, Dr. Erland's office and the quarantine warehouse were all described in such a way that I felt like I was standing in them with the characters, even when they weren't very pleasant places to be. I also really liked the droids that were always around for various things. I've always thought it would be pretty cool to have robots around to do things for us, but these droids had personalities and some of them even seemed to have connections with people. That was so much cooler than regular old robots.

Now let's talk about Cinder. She was fantastic! So self-depricating and yet, so determined. I liked that we weren't reading the whole story from inside her head, it definitely felt more like a fairytale that way and then we also got to have scenes with some of the other characters when she wasn't around. I thought it might be weird with her cyborg attributes, but it was so easy to fall into and eventually you just feel like she is a regular person. No matter how much more than regular she turns out to be. I am the biggest fan of her droid Iko. Everytime she was around she made me chuckle and I loved the relationship she had with Cinder. They had such a comraderie and even though she had to obey Cinder's evil stepmother, she would be there for Cinder as far as she could. I know you aren't supposed to like the stepmother in this story and Adri was no different. She was so infuriating and I just wanted to reach into the book and smack her. Prince Kai, on the other hand, I wanted to reach into the book and snuggle. He was just so charming and nothing like you would expect a prince to be. From the very beginning he treated Cinder as someone worthy of his time. He may not have known she was a cyborg, but she was still technically beneath him and he never once let that stop him from seeing her. And the tension! I'm glad this isn't an instant love situation, especially since we have a few more books to look forward to, but I just wanted to scream at them to kiss already! Ugh!

The story definitely has a slow build to it, we get to gather a lot of information about the characters and the way things in their world work, before we really get into the conflicts of the story. The whole book was fantastic, but those last few chapters were just, wow! Some of the things that happened were a bit predictable, given that it is a take on a well known fairytale, but it didn't matter at all because it was such a fun ride getting there and her final delivery packed a nice bit of wallop. I am so excited to find out what is going to happen next in this wonderful series, I'm sure Marissa Meyer has more than a few surprises up her sleeve for us. 

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  1. I've seen so many rave reviews for this one! The cover is gorgeous and I love retellings. I've heard mixed feelings about Cinder herself. Some people love her and some people didn't feel she was "real" because she's a cyborg. Glad to hear you're part of the former! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. :)

  2. Ha! I'm on queue for this from the library! You all seem to love it and even though the synopsis didn't really interest me, all your reviews are glowing I have to read for myself what the fuss is about.

  3. Okay, now I can read this book. I wasn't sure on how New Bejing was going to be. Being Chinese in all, I wasn't sure if I was ready to read about a chaotic Bejing. But this review made it fine. Thanks :D

  4. This seems very interesting.
    Thanks for the review.

  5. I've read many reviews of this book, and each of them say this is a really good book :) It's in my WL ^^

  6. Great review! I love re-imaginings of fairy tales - and this is such a wonderful twist! I also agree in liking the slower romances so it is more realistic as it builds in the future books! Cant't wait to read this one!


  7. Thanks for the review. I actually just got this book and was unsure how it would be from the description, but now I can't wait to read it! Thanks

  8. I thought Cinder was absolutely fantastic!! I do wish that the world was fleshed out a bit more as I found Meyer's descriptions a bit lacking. Despite that I still thoroughly enjoyed it!

    -Sarah (Inklings Read)

  9. I am not a big fan of cyborg stories, but I LOVE Cinderella themed stories. I will have to check this one out.

  10. I love everything about this review because you've captured in words exactly what I couldn't even contemplate in feeling. Cinder was an amazing book unlike any I've read recently, and a lot of this is due to Marissa Meyer's incredible wold building. I loved New Beijing and the technology and the palace and Cinder's workshop and everything. And yes, I loved the way Cinder was written too. I also had the biggest crush on Kai when I read this book, and just beyond charming, even for a prince.I also loved that despite the way things end up, he really did TRY to be there for her until the very end, until it became too much for one person with the entire earth on his shoulders to handle. I can't wait to read Scarlet next year!



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