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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)

Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles, #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Hardback
Pages: 390
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Original Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-64189-4
Source: Local Library
My Rating: * * * * * (5 stars)
SIXTEEN-YEAR OLD CINDER is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interface has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her young stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived.
But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.
The Cover:
 The cover is really simple, yet completely astounding. It portrays the story's plot, especially with Cinder being a cyborg. The leg is see through, and you can see the metal bone. I love it! 5/5 cover rating.

The Review:
Let's see, I will admit that it took me quite awhile to finally finish Cinder. Why, you ask? Because the story lagged at first, but after about seven chapters it finally picked up. Then, I could not put it down for the life of me. It was amazing!

I felt sad, happy, and frustrated. It was an emotional ride and a unique retelling of Cinderella that ended in an astounding cliffhanger. I'm begging for more! I can't wait until 2013, when the second book will be released. The parts that were especially frustrating were the ones where Kai and Cinder where together. It was sweet, but I was constantly thinking, "Get on with your relationship already!". Well, the ending was bittersweet, because Kai and Cinder were left a bad point.

I adored Kai. He was a kind prince/emperor, but I did not feel a deep enough connection with him. I'm hoping I'll get to know him even better in the next few books. On the other hand, Queen Levana I do not want to get to know at all. Cruel, murderer, and all of the insults that can be thought of describe her. She is just terrible, one of the worst, the perfect villain. 

Lastly, I've always been fascinated with the moon, and how it would be amazing if people could live here, so when I saw Cinder I had to read it. Kingdom on the moon! Awesome! And Marissa Meyer is a fan of Sailor Moon, which is where I assume she got some of her inspiration from. A completely amazing read, that you will never regret reading!

The Author:
Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and two 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 a kid, which she doesn't intend to ever grow out of. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder is her first novel.

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