Published: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Fewiel & Friends
Page Count: 387 pages
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, Book One
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.
Alright, I'll be honest. I knew I was going to love this one. The whole concept of this futuristic telling of the fairy-tale Cinderella is original and just purely incredible. I honestly couldn't set this one down.
First, the writing style. So far, this book has the best third-person writing style out of all the third-person books that I have read this year. Marissa Meyer's voice really shined throughout the pages of this book, and it all flowed together nicely and neatly. I actually stayed up very late just to know what happens at the end! That's how much Cinder intrigued me.
Next, the characters. Wow. Cinder (the character, not the book) is such a great character. She's strong and hardworking, but you feel sorry for her because she's being abused by her stepmother, and she's also a cyborg. There's that set back. Iko, Cinder's android, was so funny and quirky. I read somewhere on Goodreads where somebody said that Iko was like Gus from the original fairy-tale. And I get that! Iko is like Cinder's sidekick. Adri (Cinder's stepmom) is a horrible and wicked person. I can not stand her. We also have other great characters like Prince Kai, Dr. Erland, Peony, and The Queen (Marissa Meyer let this character really get inside my head).
Now I just want to talk about just the storyline of this book. It's so awesome and unique! A futuristic version of the original fairy-tale Cinderella where Cinderella is a cyborg with a Prince, the magical ball, and moon people thrown in there? Sign me up! Marissa Meyer is simply a literary genius.
One more thing before I end this: THE. ENDING. Ahh! Marissa Meyer, why must you do that to us? Let me put this in a simple form: I. Need. The. Second. One. Right now. I can't wait for the other three books!: Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel), and Winter (Snow White).
Overall, Marissa Meyer's debut novel was just so great. Go pick this one up right now!