16/01/2014

Review: Cinder {Marissa Meyer}




 
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing as a deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. And Earth's fate hinges on a single girl, who's not really a girl at all.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. Part human, part robot. She's a second-class citizen and reviled by her stepfamily. But when her life becomes intertwined with Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a forbidden romance and an intergalactic struggle.

Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and love, she must uncover the secrets of her past in order to protect the future of her world.

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I feel like I've been waiting years for a YA sci-fi book that does the genre justice and Cinder is the book that does just that.

The world Marissa Meyer built was great. The story is set in New Beijing long after World War IV, where a plague is flourishing and the alien Lunar people are a looming threat, but also in a time where culture and technology are thriving and world peace has been present for some time. This is a universe of ID chips and hovercrafts and global unity so, in a way, it's kind of a utopian dystopia.

Meyer also creates one of the most unique protagonists I've read. Cinder combines all of the great qualities of various loveable heroines; she's loyal, strong-willed, witty, intelligent and determined. Then, to top it off, she happens to be a cyborg (human with 'robot' parts), and it makes her even more bad-ass. She has a fiery attitude and, despite being forced to support her ungrateful stepfamily, she is not the damsel in distress. She's strong and brave and the kind of character you root for the entire way.

Prince Kai was also fantastic. He will do anything for the good of his country and really cares about each and every one of his people. It's wonderful to have a male character who isn't the clich├ęd cocky guy who, underneath the layers of Spoilt Rich Kid, turns out to be really caring. Kai is a good guy throughout; he's modest, loyal, and has a really strong sense of duty. But at the same time, he's also just a teenage boy, with a knack for witty banter, which makes for a fantastic dynamic between him and Cinder.

The chemistry between them is great and there is no insta-love here. These characters really take time to get to know each other. Their relationship is believable, well-developed and, at the end, heartbreaking. Seriously, there were times when I genuinely gasped and went wide-eyed.

All of the characters in this book have a certain charm really, like Iko, the android whose excitable personality transforms any scene and was a welcome addition to this character-central novel. Even Cinder's evil stepmother and the awful Lunar queen were characters that were both detestable and fantastically done.

There are obviously differences to the traditional fairytale, but this is still a loyal retelling. The execution was great and the sci-fi elements blend seamlessly with a story we all grew up with. Of course, as with any retelling, some parts were predictable, but Meyer crafts such a unique story that I was still constantly surprised.

This isn't a romance-focused story. Yes, the romance plays a part, but there is so much more to this story than that. The Lunar people and the evil queen's impending marriage to Kai to ensure peace; the mysterious plague dwindling the population; Cinder's shrouded origins. There's a whirlwind of things happening, which keep this novel action-filled, exciting, and gives a really different approach to the story we all know.

"Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon a Time."

 


 
 

Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.
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16 comments:

  1. I really do need to start this series! I love retellings and I don't know why I haven't started this yet! Glad that you loved it! :)

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  2. Great to hear about such a unique character, glad you enjoyed

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  3. I've been wanting to read this for SO long. I'm glad you gave it a chance and really loved it. :)

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  4. I always get a little bit giddy when other people end up loving the same books that I love. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  5. LOVE this series and I think as you read more of the books you will fall in love with it even more!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  6. I keep hearing great things about this book but I still haven't read it yet. Yay for not having insta-love and glad Cinder is not a weak protagonist. I think I will love this book too :D

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  7. I've been a little hesitant like you. I won it in a giveaway, so now this beauty is on my shelf, sharing at me, begging me to read it. I'm about to give in. ;) Glad you loved it!!

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    1. Give in to the begging! You won't regret it ;)

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  8. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! It seems like everyone is head over heels in love with this series. I read Cinder and started Scarlet but never finished it-I should do that soon. I also liked Kai :)

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  9. I've seen nothing but positive things for Cinder but I haven't had the chance to give it a try YET. Cinder's bad-ass-ery makes it sound like an amazing read. No insta-love? Hallelujah!

    Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Allie! :)

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  10. Yay I'm so glad you loved Cinder, that is one of my favourite YA books I have read! It really is a wonderful, unique story and I wasn't sure how I'd go with a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella either, but it turned out to be awesome! Wonderful review Allie :)

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. Definitely! I went in not expecting much, but I was blown-away by how unique it was :D I'm glad Marissa didn't shy away from the sci-fi side, instead she really embraced it

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  11. Cinder sounds like an amazing main character! And no insta-love. YAY. I have the first and second book of this series on my bookshelf just waiting for me to read them. I must get to that soon. Thanks for the review Allie =)

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  12. YESSS! I'm so happy that you loved Cinder, it's one of my favourite YA novels! You definitely need to read Scarlet soon because it's just EPIC! Great review! :)

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    1. Just finished Scarlet :D CRESS NEEDS TO GET ON MY BOOKSHELF NOW!

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  13. This book was perfect. I was in love. I'm a huge fan of this series and I'm glad you really liked it. The series gets better and better with each book. Marissa Meyer can do NO WRONG. It's a fact.
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

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