Wednesday, October 24, 2012

YA Review: Cinder

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
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.(goodreads)

My thoughts...Cinder was a creative retelling of the classic fairytale Cinderella. There were many similarities and many differences:

1. Cinder had a cruel stepmother and two stepsisters
2. Cinder was forced to work for others benefit
3. There was in fact a ball that Cinder was forbidden to attend
4. There was an issue of footwear, but not in the expected sense

1. Cinder was not a human, she was a cyborg
2. The Prince had more problems than just finding a blushing bride
3. There is no fairy got mother to save the day
4. Cinder does not live in a land "Once Upon a Time"
I know what you are thinking ... "cyborg?", but don't be so quick to dismiss this as a Star Wars type of experience just yet. Cinder is a love story. It is beautiful and frightening at the same time. The pages were filled with mystery, darkness and light. Readers will surely fall in love the this classic story all over again.
The story is filled with unique characters. Humans, cyborgs (humans with mechanical parts), a variety of robot-like machines with personalities, and Lunars (magical beings from the Moon). They are all under shadowed by the looming disease that spreads like wildfire, taking no prisoners and holding no prejudices. Panic and devastation follow the disease, making it a strong force in the book.
Cinder moved at an enjoyable pace. The storyline was easy to follow. YA fans of all ages will enjoy this clean read and look forward to more books in the Lunar Chronicles.

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Bookworm1858 said...

I liked this book a lot too-can't wait to find out what happens in Scarlet!

Cherry Mischievous said...

I came from Cym Lowell's Book Review Party Wednesday (BRPW).

I've seen this book around and you were right I automatically designated it to a "star trek's cyborg-queen-resistance-is-futile" kinda flick. Now I'll keep my eyes peeled for this book in the secondhand market or availability at the library :)

Cherry Mischievous

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