Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles (#1)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (January 3rd 2012)
Buy your copy: Hardcover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“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.” GoodReads’ blurb
I took ages before I got around to reading Cinder. It was the combined force of Dani’s enthusiasm, from over at Refracted Light reviews, and the coolness of the book trailer that made me take the plunge and order it.
Why, oh why did I take so long?!?
There are many good qualities in Cinder. The action is not over the top, and still the plot moves forward fast enough to keep me glued to the pages. The characters are sympathetic and likeable, a combination that most kick-ass heroines nowadays seem to have trouble conjuring up. The romance, while present, was not overwhelming: it was sweet, and cute, and not crazy or pushy.
But, the one thing I’d like to highlight the most is the emotion. It has been a while since I’ve read a book that can make me feel so much for the characters. There’re books that move me, where I just get hit by the situation and the developments and it’s enough to mark me (see what happened recently with Froi of the Exiles, by Melina Marchetta) but this was different. There were scenes in Cinder where I almost saw red on behalf of the main character, where I truly wanted to scream at her stepmother or to step in with some kind of superpower and change things.
That’s what I would like to take away from this novel. It’s ability to evoke emotions that I’m not prone to feeling, because I’ve come to care so much for the characters that the injustice of it all grows to be more consume than any situation I’ve found myself in.
So, would I tell you to read it? Yes. Right about now would be a good time to order your own copy, really. Only drawback is the cliff-hanger ending... Which I loved, even if I spent a while staring at the back cover of the book and willing it to produce more pages. While the revelation of the big secret didn’t really surprise me, the rest of the situation did and I can’t wait to find out what’s coming next.