Book Review: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
The Setting - Taken 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.
My Two Cents
I know I might be the odd sheep here, but I started Cinder about 9 months ago and didn't finish it...until now. Was it worth the wait or the hype? I'm not sure...the jury's still out. But I think this series has the potential to be great or worthy of all the buzz. Because Meyer will skirt around popular fairy tales in all four books in this series, it was fairly obvious to me what (or who) Cinder really was. And I know I'll get pitchforked for my next opinion, but I really didn't feel the chemistry between Cinder and Prince Kai. Maybe that was the point though, and perhaps Meyer will develop this relationship over time (which is perfectly fine with me). Cinder's initial attraction to Prince Kai is justified (who wouldn't want a handsome, rich prince!?), but Kai's attraction to Cinder was questionable, even in the very beginning (when he could have had any girl in in the "kingdom"). Enough of the negative though. Meyer really does have an original story line in a fascinating universe. I am excited to see what will happen to Cinder and where her journey will lead her (hopefully both Kai and Cinder's characters will mature). Cinder is getting 4 out of 5 stars from me!