Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 3rd, 2012
Genres: Fairy Tale Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
Thank you forever, Marissa Meyer, for this book. Not only was it an extremely creative and enjoyable sci-fi retelling of Cinderella, but I was craving good young adult sci-fi for so long, and now I finally have found a great one.
I knew about this book for a long time, kept seeing the title on Goodreads, but something just kept holding me back. Though the idea (Cinderella is a cyborg) sounded interesting, at the same time it kind of gave me chills. But being a sci-fi fan, I finally decided I should check it out. And now I only regret not having read it sooner.
This book is awesome. First off, the world building is of the quality that reminds me why I love sci-fi. Just the whole concept of the Fourth World War destroying much of the world and the remaining countries unifying under new governments – brilliant! So believable and interesting. A plague, cyborgs, androids, hovers, ID chips, port screens – *sings* what a wonderful world. Having read so much YA recently, I don’t know when I last read a book that truly took total advantage of the world the author created. But this world was beautiful, and that truly engages you to keep reading.
Cinder is an awesome heroine. To be honest, the Cinderella fairy tale was never one of my favorites. I especially just found her to be really boring. But Cinder is not that. She is strong, courageous, snarky, and stands up for what’s right. Marissa gave her a really unique voice that I loved to read.
Kai somehow made the dreamy prince character even more dreamy. I really, really appreciate the times when the book sort of shifted to his point of view so we get that political angle in there. That really added a wonderful extra dimension to the story. And I love that there was no romantic melodrama – the romance really stayed on the side, which really fit the story.
The only thing I can say that’s less glowing is that the big time sekrit reveal was the most obvious thing in the world. Especially when everyone and their mother is recommending this to Sailor Moon fans. *cough* I knew the second it was mentioned, around page 40 or something. That’s not to say that it was less enjoyable to read, but the “must reach the ending” drive was kind of lacking.
But that all being said, I can confidently say this was a brilliant set up for the rest of the series. I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel, Scarlet, and anxious to return to this beautiful, interesting, and creative world.
Recommended To:*conformist* fans of Sailor Moon, fairy tales, and science fiction.
Bonus! Audio ClipOne more special treat for you all! If you’d rather not read but enjoy this story all the same (or you’re looking for something to listen to on your morning commute), consider buying the Cinder audiobook! The lovely people at Macmillan have offered up this sample, the first chapter of the novel, so give it a listen and consider buying!
Thank you Macmillan! If you’re interested in the audiobook, you can purchase it at one of the following links.