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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.
First lines: The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle. Her knuckles ached from forcing the screwdriver into the joint as she struggled to loosen the screw one gritting twist after another.
Cinder was so imaginative! From the first to the last page, I was reading like a mad woman. This was one of those stories that you don’t need to try and see in your head. It plays out on its own and before you know it the book in your hands has disappeared and you’re in the story seeing this new world with your minds eye. When I finished the last page I was bug eyed and extremely sad it was over. I could of stayed in the world of Cinder another 500 pages or more. *winks*
I’m going to admit that I had some foreknowledge about some of the characters. Awhile ago I read “Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles” so I probably knew more going in than I should have.
Even though this is a retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale, I can honestly say I didn’t think much about the original story while reading this one. In a lot of ways it held it’s own.
Cinder struck me as both intelligent and excruciatingly naive at the same time. How did she not see what her step-mother did coming? I saw it a mile away.
The plot wasn’t hard to figure out but that’s not really a bad thing. The story its self was new and exciting.
The pace is perfect. There aren’t really any lulls and you don’t have any info dump issues. The world is introduced gradually and by the end of the book I felt like I knew enough to do the story justice.
The best parts to me were the tech explanations. I think the ability to give someone mobility would be celebrated instead of shunned. But, looking at the way people are treated now…I can see how this type of division could occur.
I am looking forward to what happens next and will definitely continue to read the series.
I’m rating it 5 stars.
Did you know? “Cinder” is a Fort Bookworm double-dip. Both Lilyn from ScifiandScary and I have reviewed this book. Click here to be taken to her review!)
The Technical Data:
Title: Cinder | Author(s): Marissa Meyer |Publisher: Feiwel & Friends / Publication Date: 1-3-2012 |Pages: 400 (Print) | ISBN: 9780312641894 | Genre(s): Fairy Tales/Folklore/Fantasy/Science Fiction |Language: English | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 6-2-2016 |Source: Bought From Amazon