Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi
(Warning: Post contains spoilers!)
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.
Oh how I love fairytales in modern settings! As you can imagine I was excited about reading Cinder, although a bit terrified that it would be a bad rip off of Cinderella. Luckily for me, it wasn’t.
I didn’t get dragged into the book like I hoped to. But it took me a couple of chapters. But it became soooo good that I couldn’t put it down after that!
Cinder is a cyborg (and anyone who kinda knows me, knows that I love androids and cyborgs), for me the story feels kinda steampunky. Which I like. I love the way Marissa changed the story of Cinderella to create a new story but at the same time stay true to the original Cinderella story.
I adored the surroundings, New Bejing, the Commonwealth, the fact that the moon is an inhabited planet in this story! I could imagine what it all would look like.
Characterwise I thought it was great that all characters really were a different character. Like, they all had an own personality. I love love love that Prince Kai was nervous and scared to become Emperor and about making the right decisions. I love this so much than a character that pretends to totally not care about something this big! Adri was so recognisable as the angry stepmother from Cinderella. What I also loved was the fact that Cinder was actually friends (sort of) with one of her stepsisters.
What I didn’t like very much about this book was that the ending was predictable. It was well written but halfway through the book I already figured out how the story would end. Nonetheless I am excited to start reading Scarlet!
Overall a good book and definitely worth reading! If you read the book let me know in the comments wheter you agree with me or if you had a completely different experience with this book!
Thanks for reading 🙂 !