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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Book review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis: 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.

Review: This book is among the group of fairytale re-tellings that are becoming common-place, apart from the fact that this book is futuristic, talking about cyborgs, androids and hovers. It introduced fantasy with the graceful yet deadly lunars and the waging war between the humans and alien race. It includes princes, emperors and prime ministers; politics, love and war. It perfectly combines all of these elements to create Cinder: the tale of a cyborg mechanic in New Beijing; a fast-paced, action-packed novel which uses unique ideas and concepts.
I really like Cinder's character - she didn't know who she was in the World, and she had to obey her legal guardian no matter what the consequences. But despite this all she managed to maintain a quirky, witty personality and stood up for herself. I also liked the character of Prince Kai - he seems like the most down-to-earth monarch in literature and actually seems like a real person rather than a shiny object of women's affections.
The POVs of chapters switch from Cinder to Kai which really helped to develop the plot in certain aspects and showed how the characters viewed each other.
Overall I think that this is a good sci-fi read, which deserves 4.3 stars because it's original and gripping.

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  1. I just recently read this one too and loved the originality. It will be interesting to see what she does with Little Red Riding Hood next.

  2. Great to see you liked this! I loved the idea of this, but the characters were really cool too. Would you like a copy of Scarlet? I have one that I probably won't read again.

  3. I really loved Cinder and Scarlet, the second book, is just as good!


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