PJV Quickie: I was completely sucked in by ‘Cinder’ and did not want to leave! This book meshed fairy tale with science fiction in a perfect blend that has me heart-broken that I have to wait until 2013 to get my hands on ‘Scarlet’ (book two).
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Publication: Published January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Purchased copy provided by Sam’s Club Metaire, in exchange for cash money.
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
The first thing that won me over was ‘Cinder’ herself. What a great character! Cinder is a cyborg in a world where cyborgs are the discriminated upon minority. Underage and the ward of a stepmother that can’t stand her, Cinder’s life is nothing to be desired. Yet, her cyborg parts have allowed her to excel as a mechanic and at such a young age she has made a name for herself in the New Beijing marketplace. That talent draws the handsome Prince Kai to her booth in the hopes that she can fix his android. Between the mysterious android and her stepsister’s sudden illness life suddenly becomes very different for Cinder and she finds herself with much bigger problems than she ever thought would plague her. Political intrigue, romance, mystery and a deeply seeded background story had me entranced. Not to mention Marissa Meyer’s direct style of writing and interesting descriptions that kept the book flowing from page to page. It all added up to one great story and my desperate attempts to get my hands on ‘Scarlet’ in another year! Who must I bribe??
Now, yes, the story was excellent, but there were a few things that I had to take in stride. It was a “light” retelling of the Cinderella story, but it was nothing exact, like some retellings tend to be. The characters were much more complex and the science fiction setting brought the story into a new light. I think the only things that were Cinderella related was the step-mom (who when I think about it, really wasn’t a stepmom at all – wouldn’t she be the adopted mom?), two stepsisters (adopted sisters??) and the Prince (emperor). That’s about it. As you can tell from my (()) there were a few areas that I thought were questionable, but I didn’t pay them much mind. The story was entertaining and while the holes did stick out and I had the “mystery” figured out at the first hint, I paid that no mind, because Cinder and Kai were such great, compelling characters.
Props to the author for holding no punches with easy-outs and happily-ever-after scenarios “just because”. I think she did a phenomenal job of routing the story the right way instead of taking easy last minute saves which would make everything lighter. Did I mention this was a good book?
Recommended for fans of science fiction and paranormal young adult romance. I wouldn’t classify this in the Dystopian category which I see it has been a few times, this is more science fiction. Recommended for 13+ age range, there is nothing questionable in this novel, but it does have more depth than most young adult titles so can easily be enjoyed by an adult.
There are 4.5 books in the series, the prequel Glitches will be released later this month. Book 2, ‘Scarlet’ has an expected publication date in 2013.