Author: Marissa Meyer * Pages: 400 * Publisher: Feiwel & Friends * Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi * Rating: 4 Stars
Synopsis: 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.
Did you ever in your life imagine Cinderella as a cyborg? 10 times out of 10 I would definitely say uh no but in this day in age where there are millions of retellings on our favorite stories, I’m not surprise Marissa Meyer decided to take one of the most classic stories of all time to this length and then some. Cinder is a cyborg mechanic in the New Beijing Commonwealth– the best mechanic that is- which is why the handsome Prince Kai comes seeking her help. She works in the market as her stepmother’s prime income, whom she has no recollection of how she came to live with. When her step-sister becomes ill, all the blame falls on Cinder and she ends up apart of a test subject only to find out that she maybe the key to unlocking one of the worlds greatest wars.
I really liked this book a lot. It was like nothing I thought it would be. I would always see it at the bookstore and since I love fairytale retelling it would always catch my eye but I was always apprehensive because I saw that it was a science fiction with androids (not my cup of tea). Last year I ran across a copy of Winter and was in such awe of the cover that I got it together and decided to go ahead and stock up on all the copies in the series. As I said, I was completely surprised when I was reading on and saw that it wasn’t what my previous thoughts that detoured me from reading it to be. I was captured and most importantly interested in the story and it’s outcome. Cinder is a great main character but my favorite character was Prince Kai. Out of all the characters in the story so far, he is the most realistic and optimistic. He’s kind and wants to do right by he father, his people, and mostly to his heart. He betrothed to Queen Levana of the Lunar people on the moon. Despite his countries pending doom from her vast army if a marriage is not accomplished, his attraction to Cinder is growing and he is very enthralled by the, so much so that he asks her to the ball. Marrying the queen isn’t just for the Commonwealth’s good interest but for the whole world. Talk about pressure, though Kai goes to great lengths to make sure he can avoid wrong moves which could ultimately cost him his life.
With all the mechanic and glamour talk I wouldn’t change a thing, even though Cinder could use some up lifting in the self-esteem department, it wouldn’t be a proper hero story without a little self doubt from the hero themselves. I totally recommend this story to anyone that enjoys not only science fiction but just regular fantasy as well. Don’t even put a label on it, just understand that it’s a great read and from what I keep hearing only gets better.