Sunday, 6 April 2014

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Blurb (From Goodreads):
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.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Cinder is a mechanic – one who also happens to have a steel hand and foot.
Being part mechanical means that Cinder is a cyborg, and as such has few rights. This means that when her step-mother decides to donate her to science as a guinea pig for the trial of a new plague medication, Cinder has to go, whether she wants to or not.
Will Cinder survive being a guinea pig? What is going on with the Lunar Queen? And will Cinder ever be free?

This was a really good story that blended a classic fairy-tale with a bit of dystopia, and a bit of science-fiction.

Cinder was a great character, and I felt so sorry for her and the way she was treated by her step-mother and sister Pearl. It seemed so unfair that she was walking around on a rusty old foot, whilst Adri and Pearl were getting posh new dresses, and going to a ball. I really hated Cinder’s step-mother and sister Pearl – they were evil.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and I really liked the way the author had taken the basic ‘Cinderella’ story, and made it so much more. There were loads of really good little quirks and twists, and the whole thing just meshed really well. I loved the sci-fi element, but I would have liked for there to be more romance than there was.
The ending was pretty good, even if certain plot points were a little predictable. It will be interesting to see where the story goes from here.
Overall; a good cyborg-fairy-tale,
7.75 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. I know you love this series. I need to get to reading book 2 I won from you.