Edition: Puffin Paperback
Released: January 5th 2012
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
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.
Why, oh why, oh why, did I wait this long to read Cinder?! Really. I should have picked this up months ago when all the hype was going around! But, oh no, of course I didn't... but now that I have, I can only hope to persuade you to get this soon too!
I don't actually think I've read any fairytale re-tellings apart from this one. And if I have, well none of them have left the same impact on me as this one! I really enjoyed looking for the similarities to the original story. And I'm glad to report back that Meyer has managed to tie them in quite cleverly!
At the beginning I wasn't sure if I'd love Cinder but after a while, I did! She was strong and admirable and I could easily empathise with her and what she was going through. I just hated how horrible Adri and Penny were to her! She was so innocent and I just hated how she was treated! Another character I also loved was Kai. He was sweet and definitely swoon-worthy! I was rooting for Cinder and Kai right from the word go! But I have to say, my favourite character was neither of them. It was Iko. Sweet, adorable Iko. Oh, how I loved her! I really don't know why for sure... but she was just so adorable! ^.^
Unfortunetly I did have a couple of problems. Firstly, I could get a little confused at times with the wording. But mostly it was with the mechanical jargon that I didn't get. Let's just say I don't think I could be a mechanic. ;) I also managed to guess quite a lot of the twists in this book but I'm not that bothered about that. Even when I knew the twist was coming, it was still a little shocking when it was revealed.
So, overall, Cinder was a very unusual and enjoyable read which I can easily recommend to all dystopian fans! The characters are very likeable and relatable and you'll be sure to get along with them quickly enough (especially little Iko) and their story! Even though I could get a little confused with the wording, it was nothing major. I'm definitely counting down the days until book two is released - especially since this one ended on a cruel cliffhanger!
PS: Sorry I've been a bit AWOL with comments lately... I've been on a Pretty Little Liars marathon - but I'm back now and wondering if any of you lovely folk know if Season 3 has yet to air in the UK? ;)