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.
Bonjour! It’s Alex with another I’m-trying-to-catch-up-with-a-whole-lot-of-YA books review. A lot of people have been losing their minds for this book since 2012; therefore I thought it would be wise to give it a chance. And I don’t regret a thing. Well, yes, one thing, not reading Cinder before.
“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”
Our main character, Cinder, is a seventeen years old cyborg who works as a mechanic. You read me right; our main character is a mechanic. Only that piece of information made me want to read the book as soon as I could. She lives with her step-mother and step-sisters and is well-known in New Beijing as the best mechanic. Her life takes a turn when Prince Kaito’s android stops working, so he gives it her to fix it and when her youngest step-sister gets Letumosis (an illness that has been killing the world’s population). From that moment things start crumbling down, her life takes unexpected turns and secrets are revealed.
“I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”
Cinder is such a brave, smart, strong, funny and selfless; you can’t help but love her. But my favorite thing of her was that even though she feels insecure and worthless because she’s a cyborg, at the end she does everything possible to help Kai and New Beijing’s population, if not the world’s. Kai is definitely a book boyfriend material. He’s handsome, charming, sassy, sweet and honorable. But what makes you swoon is how he would do anything to save his country.
“Right,’ said Kai, ‘that’ll be no problem in a city of two and a half million people. Let me just go dig out my special Lunar detector, and I’ll get right on that.”
Most importantly the characters felt real, Marissa Mayer managed to write a breathtaking story provoking us to feel every emotion, insecurity and pain our characters had to endure. I wanted to hug Cinder and tell her she deserves love, assure Kai that he was going to be the greatest Emperor, that he most likely already was, mourn for Peony and her unfair destiny and obviously, join Iko and fangirl with her about everything. And talking about Iko, she was one of my favorite characters for sure. I really hope she will be back in the other books *silent pray*.
“Cinder twisted up her lips. “Do you think it could have a virus?”
“Maybe her programming was overwhelmed by Prince Kai’s uncanny hotness.”
But enough with the plot, I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t read the book yet. The only problem with retellings is that sometimes they can come as predictable. And although Marissa Meyer changes it all up a bit with the cyborgs, Lunars and Sci-Fi elements, the plot was still really predictable. You can figure out the “plot twist” from the beginning, you most likely won’t be surprised. Regardless, the book, the characters and this new world Meyer creates are worth it.
“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”
I can’t wait to start Scarlet, and continue the Lunar Chronicles journey.
PS: We met Cress! I’m so excited about her book and her story. Plus, I’m guessing the ‘Wolf’ in Scarlet would be someone from the Lunar’s Army?