Tuesday, July 21, 2015

[Review] Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published January 3rd, 2012.
Feiwel & Friends.
Young Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy.

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.

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My thoughts: 

I really enjoyed this book. It was one of those book that I was really excited to read when it came out and then completely forgot about it. This month, I've made it a point to pick up all of those books with amazing reviews that I've meaning to read for a while and hadn't, and I'm really glad I gave Cinder a spot on that list.

At first, it confused me a lot with all the cyborg-android terminology, making me want to skip all the description parts where the technology was overly abundant. But after a while I really got into the story and got used to the weird terminology. 

I thought it was a really cool concept, an unexplored and new take on the classic fairytale. I loved the few alterations at the mainframe of the story, like Cinder having only one terrible stepsister and Peony (the other step-sister) being a much needed friend to Cinder. I love Peony as a character, she was funny, naive and completely adorable. Also I really enjoyed the parts where Iko was blabbering on about Prince Kai, that android was the best!

I loved the way those two characters changed the original fairytale. I think it would've been unbearable for me to read again the whole sad story with Cinder not having anyone on her side. 

Prince Kai was a hottie, for sure. But I wished we could've gotten more insight to him. Don't get me wrong, I loved the whole politics involved, and understood the whole "being a prince" deal, but I also think that there was more to him than just that and would've liked to see his character in more normal situations. I think my favorite moments of him were when there was just Cinder and him, because then he'd let himself just be, and I could glimpse at the person and not the prince.

As I said before, the politics play a huge role in this book. There's another race beside the humans, the Lunar people ruled by a cold and evil queen, who's trying to take over the Earth and doesn't care what or who she has to destroy in her way. Queen Levana was a complete b*tch. There was no redeeming quality about her. She was evil to the core and nothing else. I just hated her guts. 

I hated the ending... It was really unsatisfying, after all that I had to go through to see it happen... All the angst and the sadness and the revelations, everything seemed to fit into place and then boom! it's over, see you next time... I was like "WTF! Where is the rest of the book? Surely there's about fifty pages left explaining how everything went down..." But no... that was it and I don't really know how the next books in this series are related to this first installment, but I thought they were supposed to follow completely different characters in the same world, with their own stories. But if I don't get some closure and get to know what the hell happened after this book ended I'm going to throw a fit like nobody's business, I'm telling you...

Overall, I thought this was a great book; surprisingly innovative, funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time. I'd recommend it to anyone who like futuristic reads.



About the author

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three demanding cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.

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