Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

GoodReads Summary: 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.

Source: NetGalley
Expected publication date: 03/01/12

Thoughts:

Cinder is an incredibly well written and imaginative retelling of Cinderella, with a futuristic twist.
I immediately liked Cinder. Despite all the hardships that life has thrown her, she remains a strong and selfless character who never once backs down when faced with a challenge.
Cinder's best friend Iko -an android with a quirky personality- was one of my favourite characters. She was hilarious, especially when she and Cinder first met the Prince - "Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I'm over heating."
Cinder definitely has a cinematic feel to it. The world building is phenomenal and as a fan of sci-fi and books set in the future I loved all the futuristic references. The rich descriptions allow you to easily conjure up images of the futuristic world of New Beijing.
Cinderella is my favourite fairytale so I really appreciated the quotes from the classic at the beginning of each chapter, they gave the book a charming touch.

Romance doesn't play a heavy role in Cinder. The relationship between Prince Kai and Cinder was a sweet one, it developed slowly and Cinder's awkwardness towards Kai was just adorable.

Keep your eyes pealed for this book in 2012 as I have a feeling it's going to be HUGE!

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7 comments:

  1. I SO want to read this now! Sounds great!

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  2. I am so glad you loved this!! I've been really excited, but haven't read a ton of reviews so far. Glad it lives up to the fantastic plot description. And no insta-love - WOO. Haha. The relationship between Prince Kai and Cinder sounds so sweet <3 Can't wait for this!

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  3. Fantastic review! This book is topping my TBR list, and I'm hoping I get my hands on it soon... In the meantime, thanks for the lovely review :]

    Also, gratsi for stopping by my blog and reading my review! :]

    Nora, The Bookery

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  4. It makes me SO happy that you liked this one! I can't wait to read it. Iko sounds adorable and I love the sound of the romance between Cinder and Prince Kai. Great review! <3

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  5. Oooh I'm glad you liked it! I've seen this book around everywhere, but I don't think I've read that many reviews yet. I'll have to keep an eye out for it now, even though it doesn't come out for a while.

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  6. I love it when books have quirky chapter titles like quotes or a poem made up by the author (Lament by Maggie Stiefvater etc.)

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  7. I SO need to read this - everyone says it is really unique. :-) Great to know you liked it too!

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