Cinder is a whole new look into the fairy tales we all know and love. Blasting us into a future world, Cinder is set in a world where robots are the norm, cyborgs are at the bottom of the social hierarchy and the world is at threat from a war with the Lunars. Marissa Meyer offers a completely different take on the fairytale dynamic, you just can’t put down.
[The plot]: Cinder, New Beijing’s best mechanic, is an adopted cyborg, living with her grudge bearing step mother. With an ill-fitting foot, and society looking down on cyborgs, Cinder does her best to fit in and do her job, fixing androids. Never would she have thought she would bump into the Prince at her market stall. With a fatal plague spreading the earth, her step sister falls ill and Cinder is left in the centre of a struggle she could never have imagined. Between a family that hates her, a Prince who likes her for being someone she is not and an evil queen, Cinder finds out more about her past than ever before.
I’ve been in some what of a reading slump as of late, and after picking up various different books in the hope to break it, nothing was working. That was until I picked up Cinder. Just from reading the blurb of the book I knew I was going to like it, and it was the perfect book to get me back on the horse and reading back to normal.
Marissa Meyer has a way of writing that keeps you completely engrossed and needing to find out more. Cinder has plenty of twists and turns along the way, some of which can be fairly predictable, but some come completely out of nowhere. Meyer doesn’t follow the traditional cinderella story line too closely, in a cheesy attempt to create a modern-day fairytale. Instead, she create a whole new world that incorporates the elements of our favourite fairy tales we love most, with a whole new plot and purpose to the story.
I absolutely loved the characters and relationships in this book. Iko, Cinder’s robot sidekick, is hilarious. Iko has a programming problem which has caused her to be super sarcastic with a very comical tone. Cinder’s relationship with her step-sisters is a little different in the re-telling. Peony, the younger of the two, adores Cinder, and Cinder adores her in return. Whereas Pearl shares the same displeasure in Cinder as her mother, Adri. Being a cyborg, Cinder isn’t considered to be on the same social standing as everyone else, and Adri and Pearl take no excuse to remind her of this, so you still have the constant tension and disappointment coming from these two characters.
With three more books to be read in the series, and another being published later on this year, I can’t wait to delve into the rest of the series.
I rate this book five out of five stars.
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