Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Genres: YA, science-fiction, dystopia, fairytale retelling
Rating: *****
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Image1 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.

Image2 Another well-hyped series I’ve been slow to get around to reading for no good reason. I’m really not sure I have much to say about this book because I loved it so much. I love retellings, but Cinderella isn’t one that I would usually pick. Cinder is so much more than a fairytale rewrite though. The premise is so unique, a plague ridden future, imminent war with a power moon-based race and a cyborg as the lead character. The characters leap off the page and the plot moves quickly. Cinder’s true identity is a little too well sign-posted, but in a fairytale that’s expected, no? I think Cinder and Kai are the newest editions to my OTP list, because they are adorable together. From the strength of this first book alone, I’m off to pre-order the new five book boxset.

 

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