Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Book Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
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
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: Feiwell & Friends
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Kat's Review
The second book in this series, Scarlet, was released today, so I thought it was high time that I got a review of the first book up.  If you haven't yet started this series and are wondering what all the fuss is about, I hope this review will be of some help.
The story is a futuristic retelling of Cinderella, if of course Cinderella had been a cyborg mechanic.  This one, simple fact is what put me off reading the book for longer than is acceptable.  Not the mechanic part.  The cyborg part.  Not for me! I thought.  Then I started hearing people I know, whose opinions I respect, talk about how interesting this book is.  How original.  How captivating.  And for a brief moment, I started to question the sanity of the people I call friends. 
But then word of a sequel came out, and people LOST THEIR MINDS.  Seriously, the excitement about a book that was still a long, long way away from release was crazy. 
So I reconsidered whether the people I know and love had lost their minds. And I bit the bullet, and bought a book about a cyborg. 
I BOUGHT A BOOK ABOUT A CYBORG.  In all my years of voracious reading, those are 7 little words I never thought I would utter. 
You know what else I never thought I'd say? 
I mean, holy hell, this is a great book.  The Cinderella story is always present, in the background, but the retelling is so original and fresh that it doesn't get in the way.  Cinder is so strong and funny and sarcastic that I felt for her throughout the book.  The author managed to inject a sense of humanity in all the characters, even the inhuman ones, that when a certain android was destroyed I felt my heart break a little for Cinder.  When Cinder is humiliated, I felt it with her.  When her heart fluttered, I grinned with hope. 
This book has shamed me into admitting my literary prejudices.  So, thanks, Marissa Meyer, for making me go back and question all those books I didn't read that everyone else loved because I thought they weren't for me.  I'm going to be busy.
Rating: A Good Read
Original is the best way to describe this book.  Fresh.  Funny & heartbreaking.  Romantic without the fluff. Good stuff.
Read it.  It's not too late!  And then pick up the sequel.
Don't believe me yet?  Read the first 5 chapters for free: Cinder: Chapters 1-5
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