Part one of Cinder Sunday! This is a day I have dedicated to the 2012 debut novel Cinder by Marissa Meyer! Check back later for an interview with the author and a small swag giveaway.
When I signed up for the DAC, I promised myself that I would write a review for every single 2012 debut that I read. And when I wrote my own review of Cinder, I was sick and it totally slipped my mind that the awesome Anna from Literary Exploration was supposed to give me a review of the same book. We both loved this one, but her love came about differently. You'll have to read to find out!
Goodreads rating: 4.16
Hardcover 390 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
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 absolutely love fairy tale retellings. I actually have a book of fairy tales that has multiple variations on the same stories from different cultures. That being said, Cinder is one of the best Cinderella retellings I have ever read. I’ll admit that I had a hard time getting into it in the beginning, but once I finally sat down and really got to reading I was not disappointed!
Cinder is such a kick ass character! She fixes things for a living! And yeah, her life pretty much sucks because she’s part cyborg and she lives with 2 horrible women and only has 2 real friends, but she does not let that get her down. She’s incredibly determined and once she sets her mind to something she doesn’t let it go. Kai is also pretty awesome, although not so much in the end. I’m holding a grudge right now. And the stepmother and stepsisters are also written really well, they’re totally evil.
Cinder is by far one of the best fairy tale retellings I’ve read in a long time. I like how Meyer incorporates a lot of the traditional story line of Cinderella, but puts a really different spin on it. She also leaves some things out, like the fairy godmother, and adds a couple things in. I also really liked how she worked in the idea of the plague, and the post-apocalyptic setting. I think Meyer has a great ability to reach a lot of different audiences with many different tastes.
Overall, Cinder was an awesome read. I’m a huge dystopian junkie, so that aspect alone appealed to me. Along with the fairy tale retelling and cyborgs running around, I was hooked! I can’t wait until the next book in this series comes out, although, it’s a long ways away!
It is a long ways away! Thanks so much for the review Anna, hopefully we can do more stuff like this. Liked what you saw in Anna's review? Then hop on over to her blog, Literary Exploration, where she just put up a beautiful new design.