CINDER by Marissa Meyer

Posted 30 December, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 11 Comments

YA Science Fiction (Twisted Fairy Tale)
387 pages
Available Jan. 3, 2012
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
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.

Positive: Cinder. This girl, despite her upbringing and her stepmother’s hatred and ill-treatment, has a seriously large heart. She adores her youngest stepsister, she cares for her little robot friend, and she has it in her to care for those who would rather she didn’t exist. Because she’s got non-human parts, she’s considered a second-class citizen and property of her stepmother. 
Positive: The settings. New Beijing isn’t a place I’d like to live but it’s very cool, incorporating new technologies with the old world, busy marketplaces and a majestic palace. Then there’s the moon. Oh yes, my friends, humans colonized the moon and those who live up there are now…different. Changed. They can influence emotions, sway kings and poison minds. Their queen is terrible, a woman who killed all those who could oppose her, one who wants to rule both the sky and the earth. She’s fabulously evil.

Positive: The sweet romance. Prince Kai’s a bit naive but he’s sweet and kind and likes Cinder, though he doesn’t know what she is (a cyborg). Cinder’s an enigma to him and he’s intrigued–just as she’s intrigued by him, though she knows she can never really have him as hers. While trying to decode the mysteries swirling around them, they connect and fall for each other.
Wish: That this was a stand-alone. It’s not Cinder’s fault but there’s been such a glut of series started within the last year or so that I just need some stand-alones. Actually, I want a bunch of stand-alones. This wasn’t a terrible cliffhanger BUT there were a lot of lines left dangling, and we have to wait a year until the next book in this series of four. Sadness.

Overall: Imaginative, intriguing, and immensely entertaining, CINDER kicks off the new year with a bang.

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11 Responses to “CINDER by Marissa Meyer”

  1. I loved this one! I’m so glad to know that you liked it, too! Cinder wad definitely an amazing character, and I admired her a lot. I do wish it was a standalone but I’m glad that we get to see more of these characters!

  2. Totally agree with everything in your review. Cinder is a sweetie pie and I feel for her situation. And the setting was sooo amazing! And then there was Kai….sigh. I definitely agree that this could have been a stand-alone, but it isn’t meant to be in this day in YA. =(

  3. I just did a post about DAC and this is one of the books that I listed that I can’t wait to read! I’m so glad you liked it! (: Great review!

    (And I know what you mean about series overload. I’ve been wishing for more stand-alones, too.)

  4. I kinda wish it was a stand alone too. I just can’t keep up with all these series. I have stacks of books to get to that are later in series and I just can’t read them all!
    I really loved this book and I thought it was such a unique and creative story. I’m sure it’ll be a fabulous series but in a year I may not care so much anymore. These cliffhangers are gonna do me in!

  5. Oh I didn’t know this wasn’t a stand-alone! Ack! I haven’t read it yet but I’m extremely looking forward to it now that I see so many positive reviews on it I’m so curious!

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  6. I really loved this one! The characters were fabulous, and it was just a lot of fun. I totally agree with you about waiting for the next book. Gah, so sick of that!! That’s definitely the only downside of this one, though.

  7. Ditto the standalones. But we’re glad to hear Cinder was a good read! We’re going to see Marissa Meyer at our local indie bookstore on Wed. 🙂