Author: Marissa Meyer
Reading level: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction/Fairy Tale Re-telling
Size: Hard Cover, 390 pages
Release Date: January 2011
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Stand Alone or Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
First Line: “The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle.”
Summary (from GoodReads):
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.
Without a doubt this is the best fairy tale re-telling that I have read to date. To be completely honest..there were many moments where I would forget that it was a retelling at all until something popped up at me and made me smile at the comparison.
This book draws one in from the first page and propels one along until the last…where one stops and says…”Noooooo! I have to wait for book 2?!?!” The language is sophisticated and flows beautifully and to be quite honest ..did not read at all like a YA novel to me. The world building was also absolutely amazing…I could vividly picture the futuristic big city with it’s grittier and more old world type components like the marketplace.
The characters made the book come alive. I loved Cinder from the beginning and relished in the sweet and well developed romance between herself and Kai. The secondary characters of Iko and Peony quickly found their way into my heart. And I loved hating Adri.
Issues of discrimination, conflict, love and sacrifice build as this novel hurtles one toward it’s conclusion…a conclusion that may have been a bit predictable…but still managed to be 100% satisfying.
Was it worth my Time?
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