First, before I get into my review of Cinder I would like to apologize for my absence from writing. With three English classes this semester and a very heavy reading list I’ve been pretty busy. Sadly, it’s kept me from making any new blog posts. But with the end of the semester well within sight, I’ll be able to devote more time to this blog and maybe even some relaxation time. When I say relaxation time, I mean wine and reading. Ahhh…. I can’t wait!
Now, without further ado, here is my review!
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult
I was assigned this book in my Feminist Readings in Literature class and from the very first chapter I was in love. Scratch that, from the very first page! Take a little bit of science fiction, some fairy tale lore, and a realistic (even if she is part cyborg) female character and you have an awesome book! Marissa Meyer takes the Cinderella story and does more than modernizes it – she fast forwards into a thrilling future full of dazzling, yet dangerous aliens and a very tech-filled tomorrow.
Cinder acts as Cinderella but with a more modern twist – she’s a talented mechanic who happens to be part cyborg. She was adopted as a young girl but before her new father could take her home he dies. This leaves the responsibility on her new mother who is less than pleased to discover her husband adopted some strange child without her knowledge. Needless to say, Cinder’s life doesn’t go so well as she struggles to support a family that hates her with her mechanic business. Another issue is that in this futuristic world, cyborgs have less rights that a normal human. This leads to Cinder being more or less owned by her cruel adoptive mother. Something that will surely complicate Cinder’s hopes of escape.
Just when things couldn’t stand to get more complicated, Cinder gets a surprising client – the prince himself. Then she gets taken by the cyborg draft to be experimented on for a cure to the deadly disease that is rapidly killing everyone on Earth. Pair that with the Lunars, the dangerous aliens from the moon coming to Earth to supposedly broker peace – yes, very intense times.
As you can tell, this world is very complicated. But it makes for the perfect plot to suck any reader into a world of suspense. There are funny moments, bad ass moments, and very sad moments. All of which makes for a good book. I really, really enjoyed reading this book and fully intend to buy the rest in the series. I simply adore Cinder and it’s no wonder this book was chosen for my Feminist Readings class. Cinder is an amazing female character who goes from being enslaved to empowered. A beautiful journey indeed! I highly, highly recommend this book! Especially if you are a fairy tale junky! This book is a must!