Book Eight of 2014: CINDER by Marissa Meyer

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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.

When I first heard about this book, I was hesitant about reading it. I’m not a big fan of science fiction and I couldn’t see how fairy tales would intertwine with that. When I found it in my library, the urge for a new book was too strong. Boy, am I glad that I took the urge and ran with it.

This book is EPIC. Yes, the kind of epic that deserves all caps. Marissa Meyer no doubt took her time developing the world and story. CINDER is a science fiction young adult mashup to Cinderella, but it doesn’t follow like it. There isn’t a fairy godmother and there isn’t magic. There is an awesome ability like magic, but that’s a genetic mutation (which I can see). There is an evil queen, but she is far more epic than I was thinking.

What’s great is that the story hints at the character in the future books. I’m glad I knew about the other books to catch the hints. They are so subtle that it would be easy to read past them, but that’s what makes this epic. There is no doubt that Meyer took time developing.

Cinder is our heroine in the book. She is a mechanic, a teenager, and unfortunately, a Cyborg. (FYI, a Cyborg is a human with cybernetic parts, think amputee with metal leg) She is only loved by her “stepsister”, Peony, and android (all robot), Iko. Throughout the book she finds out who she really is, falls in love, and gains an enemy. On top of that there’s a plague going about. And there is no known cure.

I really can’t say more without giving it away and this book is one where spoilers aren’t needed. It is pretty easy to figure out where it’s going once you begin reading, but the way the world is written and the expanse of the storyline is what really gets me to call it epic. Now, I just hope my library will have the third book on hand once it’s out (Feb. 4th!).

3 thoughts on “Book Eight of 2014: CINDER by Marissa Meyer”

  1. This was such a fun book! I absolutely loved that Cinder was a mechanic – you don’t get enough heroines who are willing to get their hands greasy. There was just enough romance to keep me enthralled, but still an actual plot, so I cared about more than them just getting together.

    Have you read the sequel yet? I wasn’t a huge fan … but then, once I get attached to a character, I get annoyed when the next book puts someone else in the spotlight.

    1. I haven’t read the second book just yet, but it is on my list of books to read. I was wondering if it was going to be like that or if Cinder had her own little bit every now and then.

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