So I know this book review is way over due. I’m way behind on this series and just now read Cinder by Marissa Meyer — the first book in the Lunar Chronicles. To catch a glimpse about this story check out the blurb below:
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. (via GoodReads.com)
The book actually started out slow for me. I loved the world and the story’s overall idea. Cinder as a cyborg is awesome. It brought me into Scifi again even if this was more dystopian. I was also super excited to read a fairy-tale retelling. I’m such a sucker for those stories. I guess I’ll never really grow up from my Disney roots ;) Anyway, I was a little surprised to see myself feeling a bit uninterested in the story. I couldn’t really bring myself into it. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been reading a lot of action-packed novels lately or what. The beginning (and most of the first half) just didn’t do too much for me. However, once the action picked up I was hooked like everyone else. I think I honestly really started loving it once I got to the end. I’m thinking it might be first-book woes that has me not giving this book a full A (or 5 stars). I believe that the next installment will definitely be better as I was left with a great cliff-hanger and a large-scale storyline/mission/enemy to follow through the next couple of books.
Cinder was written very well. I was routing for her from the beginning. I wanted her to get the guy, save her sister, “defeat the step-mom,” and realize her awesomeness. Meyer was a genius in making her a cyborg and placing Cinder in this world. Cinder is not your typical “Cinderella.” Hell, she’s A LOT more badass, which I totally love. It’s nice to see an less Disney-fied version of the familiar character. As much as I know Cinderella was a kind, beautiful and somewhat independent character, Cinder brought on a realness to the role. She was flawed, not perfect, loyal, loving, and a survivor. Those characteristics really made Cinder stand-out for me.