Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
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.
This is the second time I read Cinder and now I am finally placing my thoughts into words. I am so glad that I read this book over and will be reading the series from the beginning so that I can finally finish it once and for all. This was a retelling of Cinderella that I most absolutely love and was able to fall in love all over again.
We follow Cinder who is a cyborg working as a mechanic. She lives with her stepmother and after her stepsister falls ill and the blame is placed on Cinder, Cinder’s life becomes more complicated. But as we turn to a different problem, Prince Kai is having to deal with his father’s sickness, possibly running the country, and the evil Queen Levana. As Cinder soon finds out that she could possibly be the cure for the disease that is plaguing the country, she must soon also deal with her past and who she really is.
Cinder was just a kick ass character that I just absolutely adored. I was rooting for her the whole way and knowing that this was a Cinderella retelling, I knew possibly that she was going to get her happy ending but I was waiting for a twist and oh boy did Marissa Meyer come through with one. Kai on the other hand is a character you just want to give a hug to. I can’t imagine what he must be going through. I feel there is never a chance to take a deep breath without something else happening.
Cinder and Kai’s relationship is so cute throughout the novel. They are clearly meant for each other but what I like is still that little tension between them that comes with not knowing fully who each other is. However, things get a little bumpy when Kai finds out that Cinder is not only a cyborg but also Lunar. So we will have to see how their relationship ends up in the next book to follow.
Although I do hate Queen Levana with all my hard, I do love how evil she is and that she makes one of my most top villains. Her heart is literally black and I am always wanting to see what she does next. I feel she would be the person that thinks making a little baby child’s play. But we shall see.
Overall this is an amazing start to a wonderful series. I am so excited to see where it goes and what happens with Cinder and Kai. I do know the next book is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, super stoked. If you haven’t checked out this novel, add it to your next book shopping list.