Read Cinder, they said. It’s great, it’s awesome, you’ll fall in love with it, it’s totally worth the hype, they said. I caved. I did it. And yes, I admit it, it was great. Forever thankful for the sweetness of Joan @ Fiddler Blue for sending me a copy of this book, telling me to join the hype. I DO NOT REGRET IT, PEOPLE.
BEIJING, A PLAGUE, AND SOME ANDROIDS HERE AND THERE.
“There’s no story,’ I say. ‘I saw you one day, and I just knew.”
The world Cinder lives in is completely different from ours. First of all, because she lives in a city that doesn’t exist -well, Beijing exists right now, but believe me, NOT as it is in the book-. Second, because this world is threatened every day by the plague, a sickness making your skin turn strangely blue, and that no one found a cure for in years. And third, well, because she is an android, and she’s not the only one. Weird, right? Fantasy, dystopia, a little mystery and a whole lot of WHAT IS HAPPENING is going on in this book, but the most impressive has to be the world-building. It’s different from anything I’ve read before, and I loved how we always get deeper into details as the story goes on. It goes from the emperor ceremonial to the tools and everyday technology they use, but it’s just amazing to see to what extent the author imagined the world. And Cinder, especially.
GREAT, RELATABLE CHARACTERS. PRINCE KAI, LET ME LOVE YOU.
“Do adults realize how lucky they are? Or do they forget that these small moments are actually small miracles? I don’t want to ever forget.”
As an android, well, Cinder is no ordinary character to read about, and it did take me some time to get used to the flash info, warnings and stuff she can have into her brain, unfolding before her eyes, like she’s a computer screen. I mean, it’s weird, right? Yet it’s very impressive, once again, how the author manages to think such details for her main character. Despite this MASSIVE difference between me and Cinder, I could relate to what she felt and could really care about this character. I was scared I wouldn’t be able too, because it was too far off. Well, she’s an android, but she’s human, too. She has feelings, emotions, desires to leave this stupid step-mother and this messed-up world, she just wants things and she felt completely real to me. I loved her. She’s not the only character I fell in love with, to be honest. Prince Kai was really awesome, as far as princes go, he wasn’t only handsome in my mind, but caring, thoughtful, and oh, his ways of flirting with Cinder all the time just made me smile. Okay, I am a marshmallow even in books like these, can’t deny my true nature now, can I?
CINDERELLA, WITH A SIDE-DISH OF WEIRDNESS
“I’ve always thought the best relationships are those that are as happy and content in silence as they are in action.”
I’ll be honest here, Cinder wasn’t what I was expecting to read, AT ALL. I was told this was a loose retelling of Cinderella, and I was wondering just HOW that would work after reading the synopsis. I now get the references to Cinderella in the book, and it was good to see, but this definitely is no fairy tale. It’s way too crazy and different to be, and I think that’s good. Unlike the old fairy tale you’re thinking about reading on old, yellowish paper, Cinder unfolds before your eyes just like a movie, a movie you’re not sure you want to watch, but end up anyway, and then you can’t stop. ’til it reaches the end, and you’re left wondering YES, but what next?!
One more book to cross of the “hyped books I need to check out list”, and with a big heart right next to it. Because now, I can see why you all told me to read it. The world-building, the characters, the plot and the twists, it all makes up for a great tale I loved, and, if you haven’t yet, you’ll love to read, too.
Final rating: 4 drops!
Did you read Cinder? Do you want to read it? Should I buy the next book in the series RIGHT NOW? Share your thoughts in comments!
Marissa Meyer, Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1), Published by Feiwel & Friends, January 3rd 2012.
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.beloved series.