Friday, January 20, 2012

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
ARC, 387 pages
Date Published: January 3, 2012
Source: Publisher
Description (Taken 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. 
Every once in a while, as story comes along that will completely take me by surprise. That will capture my attention and refuse to let go. Cinder is one of those stories.  And I was quite apprehensive about reading it too. What with the fairytale story turned on its head and a cyborg taking the place of the Cinderella we all know and love.

But the thing is, Marissa Meyer isn’t retelling Cinderella at all. This is an entirely different story with some throwback moments to the original. But Cinder stands all by itself as a strong novel with an immensely well thought out plot, characters that are so vivid that you’ll either love and adore them or hate them with a fiery passion, and a setting that comes to life. I loved it!

Cinder is everything a reader could ask for in a heroine. She’s strong, snarky, has quite the attitude, but is also incredibly sweet and loving. She’s a cyborg, but she’s more human than her not-so-nice stepmother. Her relationship with her stepsister Peony is the backbone to the story and Cinder’s love for the young girl comes through in all of her actions.

The plague that threatens Cinder’s home of New Beijing is captivating. The scientists, the research, all of it ties into Cinder’s life and will surprise readers again and again. The growing tension between Cinder’s world and that of the manipulative Queen Levana is palpable from the first page, but the twists thrown in are entirely unexpected and had me unable to put the book down. Readers will be dying to know more about Cinder, about Prince Kai, about Queen Levana, about the plague, and about a past that no one seems to know about.

Cinder will capture all readers, despite it seeming to be targeted towards a sci-fi audience. It is a phenom of a book with so many surprised thrown in to keep readers on their toes, while also adding touches of a fairytale we all know. Marissa Meyer has created the first of what is sure to be an enthralling series that I’m dying to read more of.

Opening line: The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle. ~ pg. 3

Favorite lines/passages:
This was just an old man who was determined to dethrone Queen Levana.
An old man who had somehow placed all his hopes on her. ~ pg. 383

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy

4.5 for sure!!
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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6 comments:

Alexa said...

Everyone has been loving this one lately! I have a copy from the publisher that I need to read asap since this one sounds amazing. I'm glad to hear that the author just took a few pieces here and there from Cinderella instead of the whole story, makes for a more unique look.

Thanks for the great review.

Candace said...

YAY! I TOLD you you'd love it! I figured it might be awhile until I saw a review so I was super excited to see this up today and so glad you loved it. I'm so ready for the next one already!

Gina @ My Precious said...

I just finished this one up, too. Very nice review. I'm curious, what did you think about the ending. I wasn't too upset, but some have expressed concern that it was a nasty cliffhanger. I felt it was a bit predictable, I also thought it was a good place to end and start the next story. Well, I guess it could have been Part II of the same book?

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

It's definitely a unique story...and I didn't think I'd like it to begin with. I hadn't added it on Goodreads and had no desire to read it, but then it showed up at my doorstep and I figured I'd give it a shot. That, and people kept on telling me it was fantastic. I'm so happy I gave it a shot because I really loved it! I hope you do as well.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I felt like it was staring at me, saying, "open me!!!!" So I did, and then I never stopped. I am very happy this one showed up at my doorstep or I probably wouldn't have picked it up. And I am happier that you told me that I loved it or I could have just left it unread and that would have been a very sad thing! Thanks Candace :)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I was actually very content with the ending. I didn't feel it was a tortuous, cliffhanger ending at all. I agree that it was a bit predictable, as were some other aspects of the story, but I think there were enough twists thrown in to make up for the predictable parts. The story is all around fantastic too, so any predictability involved didn't bother me at all. I'm excited to read the second book for sure though!

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