I have wanted to read Cinder for yonks, so post surgery and after watching all three Lord of the Ring films last weekend, unable to move from the sofa, I started it. And finished it in a day. Summary 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.”
This book was a lot of fun. I absolutely loved the mixture of the classic Cinderella fairy-tale and the dystopian setting. I am a massive fan of anything remotely fairy-tale like and I think Marissa Meyer did a great job in keeping some elements of Cinderella and having some massive twists that were really cool.
Our main character, Cinder is a cyborg who lives with her stepmother and two step sisters. I thought that Cinder was a great main character – I found her funny and snarky and kind. I like that she stuck up for herself and wasn’t weak in confronting her stepmother. I think one of the great twists of the novel was that one of Cinder’s stepsisters, Peony, was lovely. I really liked this twist, I think it gave Cinder something to like in her life and this made the story even more tragic! However, to make up for her daughters kindness Cinder’s stepmother is a complete cow and I think you know when you’ve read a great villain when thinking about them makes you irrationally angry. We have romance, with the swoon worthy Prince Kai, who is a well developed love interest with a sense of humour and personality to match! I loved seeing Cinder’s and Kai’s burgeoning relationship!
On to plot. Basically there is a deadly plague killing people in New Beijing – loved this idea by the way – absolutely terrifying! On the moon, the Lunars, led by Queen Levana (EVIL) want a marriage treaty with Prince Kai, or they will attack earth. I don’t want to say much more because it will spoil the book, but there are plenty twists and turns along the way!
I LOVED the writing – it was beautiful. I think Cinder is a truly original idea and I cannot wait to read Scarlett! Now there were some elements that I wasn’t quite as fond off – Cinder had a case of been so oblivious to something so obvious (a common illness among characters), I would have loved to see more of New Beijing and learnt about the history more/how the Lunar’s were discovered and I pretty much had guessed the major twist before it happened.
That been said, I had fun reading Cinder – It was entertaining, well written and had a great love story that wasn’t overly mushy! I cannot believe that I haven’t read it before now and I will soon be picking up Scarlett! Very excited for that!
Happy Mothers Day if your in the UK! And happy Sunday everyone else!