Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
It is 145 years after the fourth World War in New Beiijing. Cinder is a cyborg and a mechanic well known for fixing androids, netscreens, hovercars and more. Her stepmom and one of her stepsisters are relentlessly mean to her while the other stepsister is her friend. By chance she meets the prince when he needs his android repaired. Sadly, the emperor is dying as are thousands of other people as a plague unyet curable sweeps across the nation.
Science fiction is not usually a genre that I am drawn to. However, once I started Cinder I could not put it down. It was hard not to visualize Iko and the other androids looking like R2D2 from Star Wars. The feelings developing between Kai and Cinder did not feel rushed. I love the fact that Cinder couldn't blush.
Cinder will take her place along side other strong and intelligent female characters such as Katniss, Katna and Kat. While part of me would have liked the story tied up and over with I will patiently wait for book two in The Lunar Chronicles and most likely books three and four. Marissa Meyer style of writing is appealing and quick paced. Loved it!
Cinder is a YA book I would recommend it for even the younger end. Science fiction fans would enjoy it as well as those that enjoy (very fractured) fairy tales. There is enough romance to appeal to girls that enjoy romance but are willing to try something different.
Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via Netgalley. Cinder is now available from your favorite bookseller.