Title: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date/Publisher: January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Finished: February 27th 2013
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.
What I thought:
This was one of those book where I was wondering if the hype was too much and I wouldn’t really like it, but I was wrong! Such a great mix of different story elements had me as soon as I started the book.
There was so much awesome going on that I had a hard time figuring out what I loved the most. The cyborg/android stuff was the best, I liked that the main character was one and of course all the futuristic technology that they had. The added fairy-tale of Cinderella was great and actually mixed in really well with the rest of the story. And of course the Lunars from the moon add a little bit more to the sci-fi theme.
The characters were good too, I didn’t dislike or have any issues with the main ones. Cinder was fun to read about, with all the things she goes through with her adoptive family, to her closeness to human and robot alike. I kept rooting for Cinder and hoping things would get better for her, since she was a Cyborg and they’re not considered on the same level as normal people. Kai was a great prince figure too, and I liked that he interacted with Cinder more as the book went on.
I highly recommend this book to everyone! Make sure you have the next book handy though, after the ending of this one you’ll want to go right into it!