Tuesday 3 January 2012

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Puffin
Date Published: Jan 5 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.

In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling

Every girl dreams of the happy ever after that features within the Disney classics.
Each and everyone of us knows the classic fairytale story of Cinderella.

In some ways Cinder is the same in others she's so different.
To start with she's not you're average girl she's a cyborg come mechanic.
She's the best mechanic in New Beijing yet some locals treat her like a leper, but she has a secret that even she doesn't know yet.

This novel explores the hard times of the plague.
Just like Cinderella, Cinder has been adopted, and just like the fairytale the prince is looking to marry.
Just like the Disney classic there is a ball but will Cinder attend?
There are so many twists and unexpected turns, that have you hooked on every sentence of every page.
The sadness and emotion that fills this novel is heartbreaking.
I can't imagine what these families went through during the time of the plague.
Marissa has explained this thoroughly and the sadness empowers you, it's as if you're experiencing the emotion that these families are.

Unlike the fairytale Cinder's sisters are not ugly.
Cinder has a strained relationship with Pearl but the sisterly love between her and Peony is fun, beautiful and heartbreaking.
Peony is a naïve young girl who wants the fairytale and enjoys dreaming.

The tension between Kai and Cinder is empowering.
I can feel myself screaming at her go to the ball with him for gods sake woman.
There are certain twists and dramatic turns that as a reader you will never be ready for.
I wholeheartedly loved this novel.
Cinder is the heroine that every girl wants to be.
She's very naïve but underneath she has the strength to fight against evil.

What I loved and hated about this book is that many of the characters had you on edge.
As a reader you're left unsure of who to trust, but a few of them have you feeling completely different towards them.
I'll let you work that out yourself.

Just like me you'll be praying that Prince Kai just sees sense and runs off with Cinder.
But not all fairytale's have a happy ending.


serendipity_viv said...

I have just managed to get this on ReaditSwapit, so I am over the moon!

Anonymous said...

This looks fab and I'm loving fairy tale retellings at the moment :)

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