Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Ok…. I’m going to start off by saying…I LOVED this book! It was so cool and so much better than I had anticipated it would be. When I initially read the synopsis, I was a bit skeptical and sort of hesitant to jump in…I mean…a futuristic retelling of the Cinderella story?? Really? But yeah…it’s good. Really good.
Cinder is the first installment in the 6 book Lunar Chronicles series, all loosely based on different fairy tales. All with a futuristic, sci-fi twist and none of the “Damsel in distress, waiting for a prince to save me” stuff (bonus!). Cinder (and from what I hear… all of the books) has a very independent, self sufficient, head strong, and smart female protagonist.
Cinder takes place in New Bejing, far into the future… 126 years after WW4. Lihn Cinder is a cyborg (half machine, half human) girl under the legal guardianship of her stepmother who despises her. She also lives with her two stepsisters and works as a local mechanic to earn money for her family. As a cyborg, she doesn’t have the same rights as other people and she’s seen as a sort of social pariah in the community. I loved her character! She’s totally badass and doesn’t take any crap from her mean stepmom & stepsister and their nasty treatment of her. She stands up for herself and calls them out on multiple occasions for their rude and unfair treatment of her.
This story takes place in a time when mechanical androids are commonplace for everything from housekeepers, to medical workers, to companions. A deadly plague is ravaging civilization and nobody is sure where it came from, how it started, or how to stop it. Not to mention, there is also an evil Lunar Queen who will stop at nothing to become empress and overtake the earthling people. Yes…there’s a prince, Prince Kai…he’s pretty awesome too. He meets Cinder when he goes to her mechanic stand to hire her to fix his personal android and (of course) falls for her. But…really, this isn’t a love story and Cinder isn’t all that interested in Prince Kai at first and has no intention of looking for him to be her “savior” from her life.
This was just a fun story to read and I got through it pretty quick. Yes, the plot twist was predicable for me…I saw it coming a mile away…but I don’t really care. Marissa Meyer has one hell of an imagination coming up with this storyline. I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment in the series, Scarlet…which is a retelling of Red Riding Hood. From what I understand, while each of the books follow a different main character, all of their stories intertwine throughout the series.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars