Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Square Fish
Published: January 1st, 2013
Genre: fairy tale retelling, teen, sci fi
Page count: 400
Goodreads synopsis: A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.
This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.
My thoughts: Wow! This was a phenomenal read! It is a reimagining of the classic fairy tale of Cinderella except set in the future and Cinderella is a cyborg! It fed my nerdy sci fi soul!
The writing was great. This was actually the first book I have read by Marissa Meyer but it definitely won’t be the last. It was fast paced and read very well.
The plot was intriguing and compelling. I kept trying to find a good stopping place for the night, but I couldn’t make myself stop! Every time a chapter would end, it would leave me dying for more!
I really loved how the classic Cinderella characters were reimagined and placed into this new futuristic society. They still had their classic traits (the step mother was still a horrible person who treated Cinder terribly, one step sister was mean and awful like the mother but one befriended Cinder, etc etc) but still felt fresh and innovative especially in this new society.
The world building was some of the best I have ever read! It was so developed and well thought out! From the technology to the politics, everything was believable and really interesting!
Like I said this was a fast paced read. You are trust right into the action from chapter one and things continue on an excelerating pace for the rest of the book. The only negative I can say about the plot was I predicted the major twist in the very beginning chapters. Knowing the twist didn’t take any element of surprise away or make the book any less compelling. It was sort of fun to see when the rest of the characters would figure out “the twist”. It was almost satisfying to know something the characters didn’t so even though it was easy to predict, it was still a fun twist and should make for a interesting plot development in the next book.
This is a perfect end of summer book to read if you are looking for a fun, fast paced, sci fi reimagining! I highly recommend this book and I cannot wait to continue on with this series!