Book Review | Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
I read Cinder by Marissa Meyer at the insistence of one of my blogger friends, who is friends with the author. Her excitement for Cinder rubbed off on me, but I do have to say that if I had stumbled across it on my own, I would have wanted a copy. I probably wouldn’t have read it as soon as I did (thank you, NetGalley!), and this is definitely a perk of receiving advanced copies. The only downside is that now I’m going to be waiting longer than everyone else for the next book in Marissa’s series, unless I am lucky enough to grab a copy of the second book early, too.
Cinder is a futuristic retelling of the beloved fairy tale Cinderella, in which the Cinderella character is a cyborg (half human/half mechanical). Cinder works as a mechanic in the market place to pay for all the bills that her guardian Adri keeps building up. Cyborgs are looked down upon by the humans, so Cinder tries to fit in as best she can. When the prince of New Beijing, Kai, comes looking for her services, Cinder almost feels like a regular girl and hopes that he won’t discover her secret. He even flirts with her, and against her better judgment, Cinder flirts back.
One day Cinder’s sister catches the plague, and Adri makes Cinder’s life even more unbearable. She volunteers Cinder for research that is being done at the palace, and Cinder has no other choice but to go. The discovery that Dr. Erland makes from her DNA could change the relationship between Earth and the inhabitants of the moon forever.
All of the elements of the original Cinderella story are present in Meyer’s retelling, but she takes it one step further. Adri is indeed cruel and evil, but Queen Levana, who uses glamour and brainwashing to charm her subjects is way more frightening. Dr. Erland is as close to a fairy godmother as we get, and though he starts out as someone I was more than happy to dislike, he redeemed himself and proved an ally to both Kai and Cinder. Not only do we have the step family, but we also have an entire subplot that revolves around royal politics and a possible intergalactic war.
I loved Meyer’s world, but I still found myself having a few more questions than answers, and I’m hoping that we’ll find out more in the rest of the series. 3 more books are planned. We know that there’s a plague called letumosis, and that’s it deadly. It has 4 stages, and once you reach the 4th, you’re dead. However, there’s no explanation really as to when it started or how it’s contracted. I would have liked to know how many people it had already killed, and if it was something that had affected all of Earth, or just New Beijing. I’m also curious how far in the future Cinder takes place. Most of all, though, I loved Meyer’s characters. I immediately developed a crush on Kai, and I absolutely adore Cinder’s robot sidekick.
For anyone who is afraid to go near a sci-fi read, Cinder is really easy to follow. Meyer is very detailed, and everything that is related to technology is well explained. This would be a great introduction for younger readers who are just starting to get interested in science fiction.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*
Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.