Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Published January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel and Friends
Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance, science fiction
Overall ratings: 4/5★
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.
Cinder is the fairytale retelling of Cinderella who is my favourite Disney princess of all time. It was fascinating to see a cyborg Cinderella set in a futuristic world where there are andriods as helpers. Iko being one of them and she’s the best!
Although I rarely read books in the sci-fi genre because they seem to be heavily based on descriptions and the plot gets really complicated at times, Cinder was a great kickstarter to ease me into the genre that I’m not familiar in.
I liked how Kai and Cinder have this tiny spark with each other from the start. It wasn’t love at first sight but it doesn’t take them very long to develop feelings for each other. Kai was only described as dreamy and an adored prince every girl wants to be with, so I only can picture him as a good looking Asian prince.
The whole concept of Cinderella being a cyborg was so original and exciting. Cinder’s so insecure about herself because of what she is and she doesn’t see pass that at all. She’s been hiding her identity while living with her stepmother and sisters, and does all the chores like the classic Cinderella. Within a span of weeks she losses her identity and everything she knew was a lie. Cinder’s sassy and I adore her playful banter with Iko.
When I started reading Cinder, I was expecting both her stepsisters to be mean towards Cinder but was pleasently surprised that Peony was kind and treats Cinder like a human being instead of misreating her like how Pearl does.
Despite Cinder may be a little predictable, it didn’t disappoint me at all. It showed how the most evil person will also have their own vulnerabilities.
What do you think about Cinder and Kai? Let’s discuss about what went on in Cinder!
“I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn on.”