Author: Marissa Meyer
Date Published: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 387 pages
Status: Read from March 18 to 23, 2016
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.15
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Rating: 3/5 Stars
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.
Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella … with a twist! Android, cyborgs, and people who live on the moon! Hot daaaaaaaaang. It’s so cool.
I had high expectations for this book. The review on Goodreads told me it was good! It was! Well … at least on the first few chapters and some parts in the middle. Don’t be mislead, Cinder is a great book. The world building, the characters, and the unexpected plot twist in the end.
Okay, so let me explain about the world building. It was fascinating to have a world wherein there’s a little bit of royalties, plague, and battle for the crown. It was very imaginative and creative. Also, some of the characters were amazing: Iko, Queen, and the Doctor. Iko, the sweetest android who lightens up the mood whenever she’s around. The Queen and her glamorous lies. The Doctor, who’s very much like Dumbledore, who’s nothing but a good man who wants a better future for everyone. Oh, I almost forgot about the heroine … Cinder.
I love Cinder!
She started as a badass and I wish she continued acting like that … But NO! She became the most annoying heroine ever. -_-” She’s whiney, wimpy, and there are parts where she’s indecisive. Or maybe not? I actually can’t remember since I may have skipped some of her parts because I can’t take it. It’s better than letting this book unread.
The twist was predictable but it somehow shocked me by the way it was introduced. I kind of spoiled myself while reading the book. I already have my guess but it was confirmed when I accidentally clicked Cinder’s profile through Wikia. I was curious on what she looks like and fanarts can help. I didn’t mean to click her profile.
Overall, it was a fun read despite my annoyance with Linh Cinder. I fell in love with the concept of the whole book. But then it was somewhat ruined by Cinder. No worries though, usually with characters like these … they undergo a tremendous character development on the next book. I hope that’s the case with her.
I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg.
CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic.