Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: Available
God, I love this book. And if a review could just be, “GUYS THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING YOU SHOULD READ IT,” then that’s what I would write. Alas, I don’t think that would be very convincing.
Set in the future, but based on a story of the past, Cinder gives a tasteful rendition of the time-honored classic Cinderella. But how can one change a princess fairytale into something fast-paced and breathtaking? A cyborg protagonist, people living on the moon, a frightening disease, and a dashing soon-to-be-emperor certainly add a unique spin that I’m sure anyone would love.
Before I get started on the story, I’d just like to say that Meyer’s writing style is just gorgeous. The sentences are stitched together fluidly, creating a seamless reading experience. The vocabulary was rich and strong and the descriptions really brought the story to life. I couldn’t get over the way the humor wasn’t forced, and the tearjerkers weren’t unnaturally placed. So if the plot doesn’t interest you, you have to read the book just to enjoy the wonderful prose.
Cinder works as a mechanic at the New Beijing marketplace and has a great reputation. Her assistant , an android named Iko, is rather bubbly and extroverted, Cinder’s opposite. While working on a replacement for her foot, The Crown Prince, Prince Kaito, comes to her in disguise. Surprised at seeing who runs the shop, he quickly recovers and asks Cinder to help him fix one of his androids. Cinder finds this request unexpected, but obliges. After the specifics are exchanged, Kaito leaves. Not long after, we are introduced to the silent antagonist of the story: the letumosis disease. A shopkeeper realizes she has caught it, and those in the marketplace flee. The victim is taken away, and Cinder escapes from the quarantine crew while they are distracted.
Cinder goes home, shaken and scared. Here, we meet the rest of her adoptive family: demanding and hate-filled stepmother Adri, snotty stepsister Pearl, and sweet stepsister Peony. The former two aren’t afraid to show how much they dislike Cinder, as she is a cyborg, and make her life extremely difficult. All three are getting ready for the upcoming ball, but Cinder doesn’t think she’ll be able to go. Oh, she’ll get there. But I don’t want to spoil too much!
That is just the start of the almost 400 page book. The characters are believable and likeable, and the Lunar Queen, Levana, is a tasteful villain that just adds a whole other dimension to the story. The romance is, thankfully, not cheesy at all. For some reason, authors think that teenagers need to read sappy romance novels which is not the case and I applaud Marissa Meyer for not having the entire book revolve around the main characters’ relationship. In fact, Cinder and Kaito’s romance is just a small portion of the story and only becomes more important in the end.
Please don’t skip Cinder because you are afraid it will ruin your childhood memories. It won’t. It will only enhance the story you once knew and leave you waiting for the next books in the series.
Review by Sophia
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