Monday, January 16, 2012

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

Cinder is Marissa Meyer’s debut novel, and in this readers opinion she knocked the ball out of the park for a Grand Slam home run.  Cinder offers a futuristic, steampunk re-telling of the fairytale Cinderella. The world-building is magical with amazing characters and a plot that has endless possibilities.  Meyer’s writing style is lovely and the tale was beautifully written. While some of the tale is very predictable Meyer's creates a storyline and world that are both unique and fascinating.

Cinder takes place in the Eastern Commonwealth capital of New Beijing sometime after WW IV. After the war, the people elected a king to govern them.  While this is a peaceful time on earth, it is not without problems. A plague called Letumosis is infecting people throughout the world.  I found the way in which they handled the ill, deplorable. However, I had to keep in mind the size of the city and the rapidness with which spread. As if this crisis isn’t enough they are dealing with another enemy.  The moon is inhabited by aliens known as Lunar. They are ruled by Queen Levana who is constantly threatening war with Earth. The king has been trying to negotiate a treaty for years but the Queen wants something he has been unwilling to give. The Queen wishes to form an alliance through marriage thus ensuring her rise to power. She wants to marry, Prince Kai the king’s successor.  This modern world is filled with futuristic hover crafts, communications, and embedded identification sensors used for trade and tracking. The people have robots to perform duties and have healed the injured with cyborg technologies; thus created human cyborgs.  Sadly, they are considered second class citizens and they are even being drafted by the government as test subjects for research in finding a cure for the plague.

The characters in this novel are delightful. Let me begin with Cinder. She is part cyborg. Her hand and part of her leg below the knee are completely mechanical. She has built in sensors, programs and a plate in the back of her head. She was in a horrific hover accident that killed her parents. When she was eleven she was adopted by a man and moved to New Beijing. Shortly after her arrival, the man died, leaving her with a step-mother and two step-sisters. The mother doesn’t like cyborgs and treats her like a servant. She is unable to accept that Cinder has any human feelings.  Cinder is the type of protagonist you can easily connect to. She is bright, honest, strong, snarky and independent.  I quickly became invested in her story.  Cinder’s only true companion is a bot called Iko. I adored Iko. Her programming, considered defective, makes her sarcastic and I laughed at the interactions between them. Prince Kai is a delightful, sensitive and caring young man. He shows wisdom beyond his years, and yet can still act like a smitten teen.  A character you will love to hate is Queen Levana and she oozes evil. She is selfish, childish, intolerant and greedy. She demands complete power and respect.  I will spend this series waiting for her to get her just desserts.

The romance between Cinder and Prince Kai is sweet and for once we do not have a YA-novel serving up insta-love. Kudos to Meyer for letting the relationship build the old-fashion way. The relationship faces numerous complications which only makes it all the more delightful.  I look forward to seeing their relationship develop.

Cinder is fast paced, and I finished it the same day I started. I became completely immersed in the tale and the outside world melted away. I highly recommend this to fans of steampunk, dystopias and fantasy. I am looking forward to the next novel in the Lunar Chronicles series entitled, Scarlett, with an anticipated release date of 2013. I have added Meyer’s to my list of must read authors. If you want to learn more about Cinder, on January 18, 2012 Meyer’s is releasing Lunar Chronicles 0.5 entitled Glitches.  Cinder is currently available in paper, audio and eBook formats.

I gave this book 5 coffee cups out of 5.         Kimba

Author's website:Marissa Meyer

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At January 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM , Blogger Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Started a few pages of this last night before bed and can't wait to read more. I'm definitely liking the writing style and world building so far!

Thanks for the review!


At January 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM , Blogger Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh wonderful review. :) So glad to see you enjoyed reading this one. It does sound like a great new take on an old tale. :) Thank you!

At January 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM , Blogger Lupdilup said...

Wow! I've been keeping my eye on this one, it was released on audio last week, I'm adding to my TBL list, I hope it translates as beautifully on audio.

At January 16, 2012 at 3:11 PM , Blogger Kat ~ Forever Book Lover♥ said...

I have been hearing so many great reviews on Cinder. I am definitely adding this to my pile.

At January 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM , Blogger Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

I've heard so many good things about Cinder!

At January 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM , Blogger Theta Sigma said...

I've been hearing consistently good comments about this book from various reviewers, so I've put it on my Wish List.

At January 16, 2012 at 6:16 PM , Blogger Rebecca said...

Yay, K!! I'm so, so glad you enjoyed it too. :D It was quite amazing. Just like your review!

At January 16, 2012 at 8:53 PM , Blogger Raine said...

There's a blog tour about the book and I had fun tumbling from one blog page to page and read how Cinder and Lunar Chronicles came to be. I'm still in the middle of the hop with lots of behind-the-scene goodies. :D This is a series that's on my watch list.:D Lunar Chronicles 0.5? Does that translate to Book 5?

At January 17, 2012 at 5:51 AM , Blogger The Mistress of the Dark said...

I've seen so much about this one all over the blog-o-sphere. I'm going to have to add it to the wishlist

At January 18, 2012 at 4:42 PM , Blogger roro said...

i can't freaking wait 2 read this
tnx 4 revewing

At January 18, 2012 at 10:41 PM , Blogger Christy D said...

Ha! I was going to say, you must've read this fast. Seemed liked we just mentioned it on Goodreads. But yeah, it was reeaaally good. Love your review for it.

At March 6, 2012 at 10:49 PM , Blogger Doodle said...

Thank you for the review! I was up in the air about wanting to read this or not. It's good to know it is fast paced and should keep my attention. I think I will be picking this up soon!

At March 7, 2012 at 7:05 AM , Blogger Imel Cullen said...

wow! you gave 5 for this book, perfect and I really want to read cinder


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