Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

cinderCinder by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 390
Price: $9.99

“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”

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 to protect her world’s future.

I had checked out this book on numerous occasions, but I never picked it up. For whatever reason, it just didn’t interest me, or I wanted a different genre. With thorough prodding from my friend, she lent me the first book and urged me to give it a try, and if I didn’t like it, she would stop bothering me about reading it.

I’m a lover of the classic Cinderella tale. I love everything involving that tale, so I guess I needed just a little push to try a unique twist on the classic. Cinder is a character that I wish I were more like. She has an attitude that offers no apologies about who she is, but she cares very deeply about the people she loves and goes to extreme lengths to protect them. In the face of danger, secrets, and massive changes, Cinder shows her true self—a girl just trying to be herself but tasked with saving the world. She accepts this challenge with bravery, and I love her for that.

Prince Kai is a pure cinnamon roll. Although he angered me and broke my heart towards the end. He said something to Cinder that was just…it was awful. I had to take a minute because it was a low blow. Anyway, Kai has the weight of the world on his shoulders, and he just wants to help his people and be the best leader he can be. Unfortunately, he takes the throne during a time where no matter what choice he makes, the whole world is in danger.

Within the first 100 pages, I texted my friend excited that I had come up with a possible plot twist. I was correct in my guess, and I was pleased with myself. Being a writer sometimes helps me predict things, and I enjoy being right.

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Subsequently, the rest of the books were amazing and I fell into a big book hangover because I just couldn’t stop thinking about those characters. I had become so absorbed into their world, that nothing else felt right when I would start to read another book. Almost like I was cheating by moving on so soon after finishing. It’s a unique series, and each book dabbles in a classic fairytale. What I like the most is that every character has flaws, but they remain strong and true to themselves as their stories progress.

Rating: 4 Stars