Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Published: January 3rd, 2012 (MacMillan)
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge 2012
Series: Lunar Chronicles, #1
Buy the book: Bookdepository
Rating: ★★★★☆ ½
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.
This book was so much better than I could have ever expected! A sci-fi dystopian retelling of Cinderella? Heck yes!
I heard a lot of good things about the book, and even though it sounded good, I'm not really that big of a fan of sci-fi, so I thought I would enjoy it and that would be that. But on top of enjoying it, I really really really liked it! It was awesome and I want MOAR!
Cinder is a cyborg, a second class citizen, and she has to obey her stepmother as she is her legal guardian. I loved how Cinder tried to work around that, how she tried to live her own life, despite the fact that her mom restricted her in every way possible. I loved how Peony, one of Cinder's stepsisters, was nice to Cinder even though her mother would probably have brainwashed her from the beginning. I loved how she came in contact with Prince Kai, how they built up a relationship and I loved how everything in the story came together in the end.
The worldbuilding was fantastic. I loved it. I felt like I was able to view Cinder at her booth at the market, working on an android or some sort of other item, and I loved how I felt like I was there when she was in the exam rooms, being tested on. I loved all the twists and turns and OMG that ending. WHY?!
In case you haven't noticed, I loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone. Add it to your Debut Author Challenge lists! So Cinder gets 4.5 stars - Now, who can I bribe to get me Scarlet?