Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

 Author: Marissa Meyer
 YA Book
 (Annette's Review)

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.

Even though I had read reviews myself when ordering Cinder, I somehow missed that there were going to be more books.  I guess The Lunar Chronicles somehow didn’t resonate with me… Imagine my surprise then when I got to the end, and it left me hanging!  I was so disappointed but excited too because if I like a particular character or characters, then I don’t want to stop reading about them.  This is how I felt about Cinder.  Cinder, as the name implies, is a futuristic version of the classic tale Cinderella.  In this version, Cinder does still have two step-sisters and a step-mother, but Cinder herself is half human and half cyborg which I thought was a pretty interesting twist.  The story takes place in a far off future in New Bejing, 126 years after World War IV. Cinder is known around New Bejing as one of the best mechanics and instead of her animal critter friends, Cinder has Iko the android as her sidekick.  While at the market where her work booth is set up, Cinder is visited by Prince Kai who wants her to fix his android.  Cinder is curious as to why the Prince wants the android fixed instead of updating to a newer and more current model.  Prince Kai jokes about the android having information that is top secret, but Cinder guesses there is some truth in his tale.  There is a deadly plague killing off the human population at an alarming speed, and when Cinder’s step-sister and closest friend, Peony, becomes sick, she will do everything she can to find a cure.  Cinder’s step-mother offers up Cinder as a research subject and it is discovered that Cinder is somehow immune to the plague.  The doctor in charge of researching the plague becomes a surprising ally and convinces Cinder that they must keep her immunity a secret for the time being.  Cinder goes along with him and continues to work on a plan of escape from her wicked stepmother. The evil Queen, Levana, from Luna a moon colony whose inhabitants are known as Lunars and have special powers to make others believe and see what they want them to, wants to marry the Prince so she may become ruler of all the Earthen colonies.  The people on Earth are very distrustful and a bit scared of the Lunars because of their abilities. As the story unfolds, it isn’t too difficult to clue into where it is heading and put some of the puzzle pieces together.  Even so, I found the story to be entertaining and enjoyable and it was easy to get through.  Cinder is a tough character and stands up for herself against her stepmother and doesn’t generally care what others think about her although she does try to hide the fact that she is cyborg from the Prince.  Iko adds a nice mix of humor as her sidekick and has a sarcastic side which is entertaining coming from an android.   I loved the story and look forward to reading the next book. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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