Posted by Maddie B. on August 14, 2015

11235712Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release date: Jan 2012
Pages: 390
Place on Hold

Synopsis: "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...
Sixteen-year-old Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past and is reviled by her step-mother. 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. Because there is something unusual about Cinder, something that others would kill for.”

Review:I was originally drawn to this book because I love Dystopia/Utopia books and heard this book was good. This book also interested me because of it being a supposed teenager remake of a child’s fairy tale.

Although interesting, I found this book a bit slow, particularly in the beginning. I also found it predictable, and though the author attempts to throw some plot twists at the reader, I could see them coming from 100 pages away. Additionally, though it is dubbed as a Dystopian remake of Cinderella, this book’s only similarities with that fairy tale are a prince and a ball at a palace.

At this point it may sound as if I did not enjoy the book. However, despite all of its pitfalls, I found something to like about “Cinder”. Overall, the story told was decent, though I may be biased by my love of anything dystopia. I try to prevent myself from getting sucked into series as nothing good ever comes from them, but I will probably read the next book in The Lunar Chronicles, “Scarlet”.

I would recommend this book to people who like dystopia (like me!!!) and also technology, as this book talks a lot about what technology this future contains, everything from super-advanced drones to humans that are hybrids of person and machine. I would not recommend this book to people who are looking for a romance book, because although the synopsis implies that as one of the main themes of this book, it is not. Additionally, I would not recommend this book to people who like fantasy, because virtually no magic or magical creatures exist in his book; in fact, there is almost a level of reality about it, what with current-day development of drones and prosthetic limbs and implants.

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