Monday, 19 May 2014

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Pages: 387
Publisher: Puffin
Released: 5th of January 2012

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.

What I Have To Say 

I should really know by now that putting off reading a book that everyone's reading because I'm not sure it's my thing is never a good idea. It's pretty obvious that anything the blogosphere is going nuts over is going to be good. And yet again, here is another series I'm late in discovering. 

I loved pretty much everything about this book. I loved the world, I loved the fact that it's inspired by fairy tales and I absolutely adored Cinder. 

Cinderella isn't my one of my favourite fairy tales, which I suppose is one of the reasons I've waited until the version of Rapunzel is out before getting into the series. But here is not some doe-eyed girl who just magically gets to go to a ball and marry a prince. Cinder is a girl with smarts and a knack for mechanics. Oh and did I mention the robot foot? 

Cinder doesn't just have a spiteful stepmother and a couple of spoilt stepsisters, she has to deal with being a cyborg and having to cope with the prejudice that comes from that. Her stepmother actually believes her not to be human. Toiling away over housework and sleeping in the fireplace is nothing compared to what Cinder has had to deal with. 

If you are even later at getting in on this series than I am, you need to now. 

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