Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Publisher: Square Fish
Date Published: January 8th, 2013
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Fairytale, Dystopia
Pages: 448 (paperback)
Age Range: 12+
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.
Wow. For anyone who knows me, they know how much I love this book- how much I love this entire series. The writing is amazing, the plot is fascinating, and the characters are absolutely perfect.
Reading this book is like eatin' a breathe mint after you eat an onion (that was a really weird metaphor. Don't listen to a word I say). It was full of new characters, and a new plot. First off, Cinder was fantastic. She acted like your average teen, even though she clearly wasn't. She was funny, and relatable. Cinder reacted exactly like I would've in a lot of situations, and I really liked that. While we don't get to see a lot of Kai, I really liked what I did see of him. I actually think that he's gonna be a great leader. Oh, my gosh! Iko! I loved her! She was SO funny and silly. I was constantly reminded of a giggly, goofy little sister. As was expected, I disliked Pearl and the stepmother, but at the same time, I think that Adri might have some redeeming qualities later. Probably not, but hey, a girl can hope. I was so sad about Peony, and when I read that part, I just sat there almost sobbing. I HATE Levana. I think her name is really pretty, but I HATE her. I hope Cinder gets to kill her. I really do. Dr. Erland kinda... creeped me out. Like, he was a necessary character, and I liked his role, but I didn't like him. It's hard to explain.
I loved the plot for this story. It was new, and I feel like there are gonna be a lot of twists in later books. I liked the twist with Cinder, and I love how she saved that little boy with her bit of letumosis cure. I liked all of the little things during the story- her foot, giving the cure away, her mechanical talent, etc.
During this book, I kept listening to Born This Way by Lady Gaga in my mind. I have no idea why..... but the shoe fits (HAHA I'M SO PUNNY). I really want to see a Cinder movie, and I think that Phoebe Tonkin would be good Cinder. I'm not sure why, but I think that she would do Cinder justice. I've already read Scarlet, so I'll have review for that up soon!