Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: January 3rd 2012
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.
I went back and forth on how to rate this one, and finally settled somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars. When I first read the synopsis of this book, I did not think it was something that I was going to like so I didn't pick it up. As time went on, more and more of my friends read it and raved about how amazing this series was so I decided to give it a try. I've never been so happy to be wrong! I absolutely LOVED this! I can't get enough of it. I'm so happy that I bought the whole series because I don't think I would be able to wait to read the next one. I NEED to know what happens.
I always love the idea of a fairytale re-telling, but I feel like so many books that try fail epically. That was not the case at all with this one. I ended up reading the whole thing in just two days because I couldn't put it down. There are so many twist and turns, that it kept me guessing what was going to happen. Marissa Meyer does an amazing job of bringing you into their world and describing what it's like, without being overkill.
I don't want to give too much of the story away, so I've decided not to talk too much about that but I loved that Cinder was a strong female character. I mean who would have thought the Cinder(ella) character would be a mechanic and also a cyborg?! Prince Kai was really sweet and I can't wait to see how things develop between Kai, Cinder, and Queen Levana. I think the only reason that I couldn't give this book 5 stars is because a lot of things remained unsettled... I mean, duh, it's a series but I love some closure and things are just so up in the air at the end. BUT that being said, I loved just about everything else about this book. I'm on to start the next one...
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