Saturday, March 31, 2012

Book Review: CINDER by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Also see my review of Scarlet and Cress

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There aren't enough stars to do this story justice. 5 out of 5 stars isn't enough. 20 out of 20, closer. This book deserves all the praise and accolades it has received. I can't wait for the next in the series. Thank goodness it's a series.

Marissa Meyer really did her homework in researching the origins of the Cinderella fairytale. There are allusions to others as well. I enjoyed reading all the nods to the classic tale, but fully embraced Meyer's reimagining, too. What an amazing twist on a classic fairytale! Cinderella reimagined as a cyborg mechanic is truly amaZING!! Placing the story in New Beijing, a futuristic version of our world, with LUNARS living on the moon. So, so captivating and a quick read. I couldn't put this book down.

The romance between Prince Kai and Cinder really made this story. One of the things I'm not keen on is the boring, characterless version of the prince in so many stories. His biggest goal is to find a suitable princess, but he's tired of all the choices in his kingdom. There are undertones of this here, but thankfully, there's also a more fleshed out prince with a compelling storyline and backstory to go with it. One that puts the future of the entire world on the line.

You won't be sorry you read this, just that you have to wait for the sequels. I loved the sidekick robot, Iko, and how she and the Dr. were versions of Cinder's Fairy Godmother. The plague, sweeping across the Earth is a virus originated from the Lunars on the moon. The queen wants to marry Prince Kai and establish a peace treaty between the Earth and the Moon, which complicates matters and unwittingly draws Cinder into the conflict at the wired heartbeat of it all.

If you haven't read this, DO IT NOW!!!

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