Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: 1/8/13 by Square Fish (paperback)
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Dystopian
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Cinder is a cyborg, who also happens to be a gifted mechanic. She resides in New Beijing which is currently overwhelmed with a deadly plague, with her resentful and bitter stepmother(legal guardian)Adri and two step sisters Peony and Pearl.
When the youngest stepsister Peony becomes infected with the plague, Adri places the sole blame entirely on Cinder and forces her to volunteer for the current research program, sending her off to the lab with Dr. Erland.
It is here that Cinder finds herself interlaced with the Prince and soon to be emperor Kai and uncovers a secret that will change her life. In the midst of a struggle for power between the Luna and Commonwealth, Cinder must now make the hardest decisions of her life. She must choose between her own freedom and the world’s future, all while struggling with her undeniable feelings for Kai.
Wow!!! I am just going to cut to the chase with this one. Mind blown..
Cinder is everything I have ever read, but unlike anything I have ever encountered. It is hard to explain. At first glance, the cover itself is enticing, simple, yet almost elegant. The title and name chosen for the main character are truly becoming and fitting. It would be easy to instinctively pick this book at first glance. It seems to draw you in.
What is discovered within is a brilliant and unexpected surprise. So many traditional ideas wrapped up into an entirely new package. How can I describe this? A dazzling clash of fairy tale and science fiction! Cinder has it all. Between the pages lie every single element of classic fairy tales. You have a mistreated young woman, royalty, romance and a horrendous villain. Throw in the dystopian environment, alien races, and cyborgs and it is also the perfect recipe for science fiction. It is not even possible to categorize this story under a single genre, and that would be an injustice. It reads as if it has been written for everyone. It felt as if it were written for me.
The author’s writing flows effortlessly with a picturesque narration. There is no doubt that Marissa Meyer has a gift. She just made my list of favorites. She has created an environment full of fascinating characters that are credible and relatable. The setting is portrayed in rich details that paint fascinating mental imagery as you read. Within moments of picking up this title, I was immersed. The pace of Cinder remains consistent, never falling flat. From beginning to end, the storyline remained exciting and intriguing.
If you haven’t noticed, I cannot praise this book enough. I don’t want to elaborate too much on the overall story and risk spoiling this one, but I am going to go ahead and recommend this to all. It truly touches on so many genres that it will easily accommodate fans of all fiction. It would be a shame to pass this up.