Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Source: Purchased myself
Publication date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwal & Friends
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars
Summary from Goodreads.com: 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.
I have to admit the idea of cyborgs and androids appealed to the geeky side of me and then you throw in the Cinderella aspect and this book immediately made it’s way onto my must read list. It certainly was a fun read but nothing that totally blew me away. I enjoyed Cinder’s character although sometimes her denseness would really get on my nerves. I mean what part of “do not let the Queen see you or she will kill you” was hard to understand? And yet she still goes basically to swoon over Prince Kai (yes she had his android but she could have sent it back another way). Speaking on Prince Kai’s android that was another piece of the story that bugged me. You would think if the prince you are crushing on brings you his android begging to have it fixed as soon as possible you would put that on top of your priority list. Instead, Cinder often seems to forget about it and instead goes working on her car or doing other things.
Her step-mother’s character was way over played. Everyone knows she is the evil step-mother but it would have been nice to see something else added to her character or personality that made her rise above the fairy tale character she is supposed to portray. At one point there is a hint that maybe she regrets what she does to Cinder which actually would have made a nice counterpoint to her personality but then it’s pushed aside again by her being outrageously “evil step-motherly”. The one character I was surprised how much I enjoyed was Dr. Erland. When we first meet him he seemed like he was going to be one of the bad guys as he’s crochetchy and dislikes one of his assistants because she’s too tall but then we get a hint that maybe he’s not so bad as he spares a cyborg who is a father of a young son with what seems like a flimsy excuse. This threw me for a loop because it didn’t seem to fit with the fact that he did seem to target teenage girl cyborgs for his plague research. His absent minded professor-like demeanor grew on me and though you could see the revelation of who he is coming a mile away I still loved watching and listening to him as he deals with Cinder.
I suppose I can’t get away without mentioning Prince Kai but really i just feel ho hum about him. Is he hot? Check. Is he rich? Check. Sweetest guy in the world? Check. So all the makings of a swoon-worthy hero but he was just missing that charisma that draws me in for most of the book. I did start to enjoy him more in the later half as we see he and Cinder interacting more and joking around but not enough to really make me want to go all gaga over him.
In the end, was this a fun book to read? Definitely! Can you see all the plot turns coming a mile away? Sure. Would I recommend this book? Yup. It may not top my list of favorites but I did enjoy reading it and am hoping for more in the next book.