By Marissa Meyer
Series:The Lunar Chronicles #1
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ✯ ( 4.5 out of 5 Stars )
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on. Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived. But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.
I postponed reading this book for so long. The whole cyborg, futuristic feel isn't really my cup of tea. So here I am, kicking myself in the ass for missing out on this absolutely amazing series! Cinder(ella) as a cyborg; you can understand my hesitation. Cinder is freaking awesome in every way, a kickass female protagonist. I fell in love with her strength and determination to do the right thing, regardless of what she had been through. Not to mention her sarcasm is on point! I found myself laughing several times throughout this read.
Prince Kaito is my favorite character for obvious reasons, though. Kai is sexy, smart, and open minded. I am not a huge fan of the insta-love thing either, so imagine my relief when Cinder didn't immediately fall for him. Sure, there was an attraction there, but Cinder didn't change her outlook of 'never needing a man'. She didn't change herself for him, and that made me fall in love with both characters all over again.
Queen Levana and her entourage sufficiently made me want to throw the book across the room. Kudos Miss Meyers. I hated her with every fiber of my being, as well as the stepmother and sister. Adri contrasted wonderfully with the evil stepmother from the original story, and Pearl. Ugh. I wanted to rip her hair out multiple times. The characters were written so well that I found myself hating them, even when I wasn't reading. While cooking dinner, or at the grocery store, I found that I still wanted to punch them in the face!
All in all, I truly loved all aspects of this fairy tale retelling of Cinderella. I cannot believe I am saying this, but I cannot wait to read the rest of this series, following along with the cyborg Cinder and her rebels. I never got bored with it, and if I'm being completely honest, I binge-read the entire thing. 5am is a lonely place when you finish a book, look around, and realize you have to reenter the world of responsibilities and to-do lists. Sigh. Please, if you haven't read The Lunar Chronicles yet, don't let your misconceptions let you put it off any longer, like I did. Give it a shot. I promise, you will not be disappointed!
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