Friday, May 17, 2013
Cinder- Marissa Meyer
Description: 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. . . .
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.
My Thoughts: This a unique retelling of Cinderella. I loved it. Seriously, Cinderella in Bejing China as a cyborg (yes, a lot of c-words)? I have never read anything even close this before. As happens in a lot of retellings, the plot was obvious pretty much from the second chapter, if even that far in. Still, I didn't care because it was great to relive a beloved story in a new way.
My favorite part was that this book was clean. So many YA I have tried to read were far more NA. If I wanted that, I would read those books. I don't, I want something I can share with my little sister, not something I have to hide from her.
On top of that, Cinder is real. She doesn't go completely nuts and unable to help herself around the Prince. She has a legitimate reason for trying to stay away from him. And she is suffering through things that are relatable, even after World War IV.
Note: I had someone question the cyborg part of the story. By cyborg they mean people who have been in accidents and needed limbs or other things replaced with machine parts. It is like in I Robots when you find out that Spooner was in an accident and had his arm and three ribs replaced with robot parts.
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