Cinder By: Marissa Meyer
"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."
This best seller was on my TBR list for way too long before I picked it up a couple of months ago. As soon as I saw this title pass through my GoodReads recommendations, I knew I needed to read it, as the synopsis alone has my name written all over it.
Cinderella is of course the main story arc that this book imitates, and although the similar themes and characters are obvious to anyone who is familiar with said fairy tale, this book definitely takes that story and shapes it into something unique in itself. I have never read anything quite like this imaginative tale before, and even previous to finishing this first installment of the series, I knew this book was going to be a new favorite.
If you love fairy tales, magic, mystery, sci-fi, romance and fast paced development, this is definitely a book I would recommend for you. The book starts off by dropping you in the middle of a futuristic New Beijing, and right from the get-go you're pulled into an intriguing universe and enchanted completely by the rich characters and layered storytelling. I wasn't sure how good the writing in this novel was going to be, since this is Marissa Meyers debut work, however I was pleasantly surprised by her talent and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
This novel garnered an overall rating of 9.5 from me, and that is definitely a rave review. I am not the kind of person who normally reads books over again - I like to read things once and move on - however I could actually see myself reading this book again, which seems to me like a bit of magic all on it's own.
My final thoughts - would buy again - this is a sci-fantasy lover's dream that will keep you immersed in thought about the story long after you've closed the book.
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