Published by Macmillan on January 3rd 2012
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
The Book: Think Cinderella, cyborgs, androids, Prince, Evil Queen, Horrible stepmother, deadly plague, action, adventure, secrets, and danger. Need I say more? Cinder is the first book in what is going to be an epic series, filled with memorable characters that we already know. Sort of. Why? Fairy Tales! Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel. These are some of the names that will grace the pages of Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles.
The Cinderella of Meyer’s world, however, isn’t the one we know. Not exactly. Cinder is cyborg—she’s not totally human. The cover features a beautiful blood red high heel that reveals the metal foot of Linh Cinder, a mechanic. Will she ever break away from her terrible stepmother? Is this a fairy tale with a happy ending? How will Prince Kai react when he discovers Cinder is a cyborg? What happened in Cinder’s past that is so important to her present and to her future? Cinder answers all these questions and more.
The Final Word: I couldn’t read Cinder fast enough, and am about to start Scarlet. I knew I was going to love this series, but was unprepared for how good the first book was. I love fairy tales! The way Meyer has taken the fairy tale of Cinderella and adapted it for a world of cyborgs, androids, and deadly plagues is genius. I like the character of Cinder; she is someone I would want to be friends with, and as a reader, I care about what happens to her. When an author accomplishes that, I take note. Here is a series that I know will stick with me for a long time. I look forward to reading and reviewing Scarlet and Cress in the very near future.
If you read this book: You’ll laugh and cry, you will be intrigued and probably enraged, but most of all, you will want to continue to explore the wonderful world of Cinder through Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles!.