Publication Date: January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
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Synopsis: 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 Rating: 4/5 stars
My Review: “She was a cyborg, and she would never go to a ball.”
Cinder is a fantastic series! Great characters, creative world, and an interesting plot line.
It took me a long time to start the series. A cinderella re-telling along with cyborgs just didn't appeal to me. And that's what I thought about the series until I got a little in it. I'm so happy I finally gave this book a chance, I definitely judge the book way too fast!
Cinder is a fantastic character. I've always loved strong and self-less characters and Cinder is one of the strongest and most self-less characters out there. Cinder is a mechanic. She lives with her stepmother/guardian and two stepsisters, working at the market in order to pay for everything her family does.
The world-building in this story was absolutely fantastic! First of all, I love how the story was set in Asia. It's so often that books are set in America it gets kind of repetitive and boring, so I was really impressed when the story actually took place halfway across the world from me. Also the whole backstory about the world going through two more world wars, eventually returning to monarchy in some parts of the world and having a new race living on the moon. I just think that the world that Marissa Meyer created is absolutely fantastic. As to the descriptions of the setting that Cinder and Kai were in, I found that there were parts where the author went into too much detail describing the scene, which made it a bit boring. Yet there were still lots of great scenes that were described perfectly where you could imagine them and step into the picture myself.
The plot of the story was fairly well written. The cinderella retelling worked perfectly in the plot, and since it was more futuristic, the changes to the original story made it more interesting and didn't let the reader get bored. While I thought that the plot was very creative, there was also so many predictable parts where you knew exactly what was going to happen, and it all happened. This kind of made me mad at times because it was all so clear and the characters couldn't see what was right infant of them. For those who have read the book, you know what I'm talking about.
Overall, this is a fantastic first book to a great series. The characters are absolutely amazing, the world created by Meyer is to die for, and there's tons of action and adventure to keep you on your toes. As long as you don't mind knowing what happens to the character, and not being surprised you will love this book. I will definitely recommend this book to everyone. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.