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.
Review of Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Series #1) by Marissa Meyer:
Fairytales; we are all familiar with them. We have grown up listening to them, and watching representations of them. Some of us have even spent time deconstructing their conventions. In many ways, reading a fairy tale is like visiting a childhood memory. Even if we are not very familiar with the narratives themselves, we are familiar with their core messages and traditions. At the very least, we know them like we know the playground we visited as young children. We remember what it felt like when someone shared a story with us. We remember the feeling of wonder and magic, and that is something we can always appreciate. In that way, they are always with us.
Cinder does an amazing job of breathing new life to an old and familiar tale. It brings us the best of what fairytales have to offer: wonder, adventure, and hope. Then it improves upon the familiar story by including a strong, capable, and compelling young woman as the lead protagonist. The overall result is a familiar yet refreshing and modern story.
Meyer’s decision to include cyborgs, androids, and futuristic technologies gives her story a sense of adventure that makes it exciting and unexpected. She does an admirable job of building her world and moves swiftly from point to point. She crafts her characters in a compelling yet fairytale-like manner. I found Cinder to be reminiscent of one of my all-time favorite books: Ella Enchanted. My passion for Ella Enchanted burns like the fire of a thousand suns, so for me to make such a comparison is high praise indeed.
I do not wish to dwell too much on the details of my immense approval of Cinder. I will say that I am very excited to read every installment of this four-book series. If you are a fan of young adult fiction and enjoy reading tales of wonder and adventure, you must read Cinder, but before you do so prepare yourself to commit to the entire series.
About Marissa Meyer:
Mini Bio, courtesy of marissameyer.com
Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf . . .), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was given a small book of them when she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder is her first novel.