Release Date: January 3, 2012
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the 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.
Ever since I was little Cinderella was always my favorite Disney princess because I loved her story: a girl despised and looked down on until one magical night (or nights for the original Cinderella story) when her dreams of love, hope, and happiness come true. So when we received Cinder, I was so excited because it's a different retelling of my favorite story, set in the future and Cinderella is a cyborg--it doesn't get anymore awesome than that!
Cinder was absolutely fantastic! I LOVED IT! The plot was outstanding, awesome and suspenseful enough that it kept me at the edge of my seat and got my heart racing (seriously). The world-building was also excellent--I really liked how well it was introduced and described throughout the story and how it was different than any other dystopian world I've ever read.
However, it was Marissa Meyer's writing style was what really made everything come together beautifully--it was lyrical and it flowed nicely. I easily got lost in her words. The third-person narration that focused on Cinder and Prince Kai alternatively. They were both really likable and well-developed and I absolutely loved how true-to-life they both were. I was able to connect and relate to both of them. As for the romance between them, it was just so sweet and uncomplicated. It was not insta-love (yes!!) but rather two people who just like each other. I rooted for the two of them all throughout the story.
The ending of Cinder left me wanting more, more, more!! This fantastic debut novel is a MUST READ. It can--and will--be enjoyed by all. I can't wait for the next book Scarlet to come out in February 2013 (ahhhhh! such a long wait!!).