Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Release Date: 3rd January 2012
No. Pages: 390
Buy at: BookDepository
Where do I start?
Marissa Meyer has created a wonderfully unique story in this retelling of the classic fairytale Cinderella. The story follows Cinder, a cyborg and a mechanic, living in a futuristic New Beijing. How cool and badass is that? Very.
Whilst this story contains everything you’d expect from a Cinderella retelling; the fancy ball gown, the prince charming, the wicked step-mother and the glass slipper (well, a poorly sized android foot in this case). It also contains a few, fairly obvious, twists. However, the predictability really doesn’t take anything from the story and I suspect Meyer made it obvious on purpose.
Although this story does contain insta-love, it’s so minor and barely focused on that it’s easy to ignore. The story rather focuses on more pressing issues; the search for a cure for the plague that is killing millions on earth, the fragile relationship with Luna and it’s Queen Levana, and the imminent threat of a war with Luna if a treaty cannot be met.
Cinder is such a quick read and I found myself flying through it. The refreshing and witty characters, the fantastic world build and the excellent writing style made for an entertaining and fun read.
As I’m writing this I’m already halfway through Scarlet and it’s amazing. I cannot wait to read the rest in this series.