Cinder - By Marissa MeyerThursday, July 10, 2014
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published By: Feiwel & Friends
Cinder is a cyborg, which is just about the worst thing you can be in New Beijing. Living with and providing for her step-mother and step-sisters, Cinder works as a mechanic fixing portscreens and androids. When the Prince asks her to fix his android, she is both humbled and flattered, until she realizes that the android may have some secret information. Information about the Lunars and their ever impending war on the Earthens. Information about the plague that is seemingly incurable. Information that she probably shouldn't have heard. With her only goal having been to leave her step-mother forever, Cinder now has to decide if she can help the Prince and the Eastern Commonwealth.
You may have remembered that Tiffany gifted this great book to me during our Book Swap. I finally started reading it and I can't believe it took me so long! I was thoroughly engrossed right from the first page.
I absolutely loved Cinder immediately. I read it at work and had to conceal my squees! and eeks! and omg! from my co-worker. The book and the plot are kind of predictable (I mean, it is a take on Cinderella) but the added elements more than make up for what you already know is going to happen. The story is interesting and I loved all the little characters in the book too! Like Iko, Cinder's android who is the cutest, funniest android ever but who is only really appreciated by Cinder. Iko had my favorite quote in the whole book which was:
"Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I'm overheating."
I want her. I also liked Prince Kai. Sometimes it's just too easy to hate the Prince or have him be too, I don't know, princely. But Kai was just the right amount of royalty and badass. He totally talks shit to the Lunar Queen and I respected him even more for it. Though there is a love story between the two of them, there is so much more to the plot than just that. There is illness, revenge, secrecy, deception. It's a lot but Meyer makes it run smoothly all the way through.
This is the first book in a four part series and I've already started reading book two: Scarlet. That's how much I loved it. I couldn't even wait.
If you're looking for a new take on an old classic with an added twist of cyborgs and moon-people then this book is for you.
I give it 5 out of 5 cat-eyes.