Title: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Pub Deets: January 2013, MacMillan
Source: DAC ARC Tours
Challenges: TBR Challenge
Amazon | Goodreads | Author Blog | Author Twitter
In a sentence or so: Cinder is a secretly a cyborg but publicly the best mechanic in the city which is why the Crown Prince brings her his nanny android to fix which just may have some Super Top Secret information on it. Soon, Cinder is involved with all of the drama happening in New Beijing and just might be at the core of it all.
Cinder is a kind of retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale but with cyborgs and in the future and YES I loved it just as much as you assume my little nerdish self would!
Set in the future, cyborgs are considered second class citizens so Cinder keeps her robot parts on the low. Only her step mother and two step sisters know about her ½ cyborg status (well, and her android Iko). Other than her step sister Peony, the family definitely looks down on Cinder for being a burden in their lives despite the fact that she’s the prize breadwinner of the household. When Prince Kai comes to her stall in the market and ask that she fix his nanny android, she knows not all is as it seems. First of all, the freaking PRINCE is out and about asking for help on the low. Secondly, whatever the android knows is apparently important biz because he’s asking her to keep it secret.
I feel like there are just SO many things going on this book that it’s hard for me to write a review without giving you the play by play of the whole book which is zzzzzzzz so let me try this. I will give you five reasons why I devoured Cinder and you should too (if you haven’t already...)
1. SCI FI, Y’ALL! You know I love sci-fi and this book is packed with it but not in the way you’d expect. Marissa Meyer weaves the science fiction through the book in a way that doesn’t feel off putting or overwhelming to the non sci-fi geek.
2. Romance. Oh yes. Prince Kai and Cinder have a slow burn and it’s awesome.
3. Strong Female Lead. Cinder’s been dealt a tough hand but she makes the best of it. Is she sunshine and roses all the time? Hell naw. BUT she keeps putting one foot in front of the other and never, ever spends her time loathing and lamenting and it’s so refreshing I can’t even.
4. World building. Not only is this a sci-fi book, but it’s also set in the future and includes an alien race called the Lunars. Don’t be overwhelmed, honestly! The world building is naturally integrated into the plot and storytelling so it’s not all info dump and you don’t have to figure it all out on your own, either. Truly, Marissa Meyer did a bang up job building this future.
5. Addictive writing. I read the last 200 pages of Cinder while watching football. Which of course means football was on in the background and I just PLOWED through Cinder without abandon because I was loving all of the plot lines and characters too much to stop!
Don’t be put off by cyborg Cinderella. There’s definitely nods to the original fairy tale but Marissa Meyer takes the basic pieces and builds a whole new masterpiece with Cinder. Embrace the sci-fi and all of the other things that make this book a must read! Also, book two, Scarlet, is coming out in February so you have time to read this before it comes out! GO NOW.
Fave quote: "He squinted, and another picture flickered onto the screen, closer up, showing the backs of four of the men from up above, but, Kai noticed with a shock these were not men. Their shoulders were too wide, too hunched. Their barely discernible profiles too stretched. Their backs were covered in what appeared to be fur." (255 ARC)
Pairs well with: Your inner (or not so inner, in my case) nerd!
Fix er up: The book wasn’t a TOTAL cliffhanger but I definitely wanted MORE resolution than I got at the ending. BAHHHH.