Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review
Summary: "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."
First line: "The screws through Cinder's ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle."
Thoughts: First of all, I have to say that I love retellings of stories I grew up with. Now, add a dystopian take on it, and you have a book that's made of win. In Cinder's case, it brought back memories of the classic tale, but adds it's own modern twist. It's strange, full of drama, and most importantly, good!
I'll admit, when I first started reading Cinder, I had a difficult time relating to the story. At times, I even had difficulty following it. After all, I don't live with cyborgs so how am I to know what they look like or how they function?
As the story progresses, however, you begin to see that cyborgs aren't just half human-half machine beings, but second class citizens. Some people even look at them with disgust. In Cinder's case, even though she is one of the best mechanics around, people still look down on her because of her half mechanical nature. She can't even count on her "family" with the exception of one of her younger step sisters. Then, one day, Prince Kai wanders into her store, and her life changes. Whether for better or worse, you'll have to read it to see.
My favorite thing about this book has the be the creativity and imagination Meyer uses to weave her story. No one out there can argue that this book isn't 100% original. Meyer thought outside the box, and the story really paid off.
I loved the idea of using a futuristic China as the setting. China's a beautiful country and definitely somewhere I'd love to visit one day. I will say I would've liked to see more description as far as the setting goes. You know it's China because they're in "New Beijing", however, they could've been anywhere in the world. What makes this place New Beijing? Heck, what makes it different than where I live? I really hope the sequel answers these questions for me.
Let's talk about romance. The romance factor is definitely there, but it's also light. After all, this is just the first book. You can't throw all your chips in one hand! I adored Prince Kai and found him very lovable. He's not necessarily swoon-worthy, but he definitely has potential.
Overall, I really enjoyed Cinder's tale. I will admit that I saw the ending coming, though it doesn't take anything away. Folks, there is a cliffhanger so prepare yourselves for that. I very much look forward to Cinder's sequel and any other books written by the fabulous Marissa Meyer.