Title: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: January 3rd 2012
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?”
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived. But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for. – Excerpt from Goodreads.
This book is the definition of “hyped.” You hear about The Lunar Chronicles from every bookblogger and booktuber, and the bookstores are always well-stocked up in this series due to the massive popularity. I held off on this one for so long, what was I thinking!?!?!?!?
I don’t think I really have to go in-depth about what Cinder is about. It was released four years ago and everyone and their dog has read this one. Marissa Meyer has certainly made a name for herself in the YA book community with this series and deservedly so. The book mixes a classic fairytale, Cinderella, and brings in elements of science-fiction.
I am in love with this series. I have heard some people say they found the book really slow at first. I guess I wasn’t bored at all because I was getting used to the writing style and the world building. It does take a little bit to really grasp what is going on and how everything works but once you catch on to it, you’ll forget that you were ever confused at the beginning.
This is most definitely a female-empowering novel, the lead protagonist, Cinder, is strong, sassy and intelligent. She also happens to be part cyborg, which throws in a very interesting twist to the story. I really didn’t know how I would feel about the cyborg aspect of this book, but it was so intriguing and well-written that I just wanted to see more of it. The romance between Cinder and Kai is very endearing, I loved seeing them together – even if we only got small tastes of it. I’m dying to see what will happen with their story. I can completely see me shipping these two by the end of the series.
Levana is a perfect villain to me. She’s vain, ruthless and completely self-serving. She almost comes off as one-dimensional at first. The more you learn about her though, the more interesting this character becomes. I love that Meyer isn’t giving away too much right now about Levana though.
I gave this one five stars, I think it deserved it. It’s fast becoming one of my favorite series and I am really looking forward to seeing what happens next.