Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Synopsis from Goodreads.
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

“I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”
Initial Final Page Thoughts.

Oooh… sequel should be promising.

High Points.
The idea. Seriously, this is possibly the most interesting and original idea of any YA series I’ve read. Cinder (except when she stomped her foot… come on, has that ever got anyone anywhere?). Iko. Peony. Scrap heaps. Flirty princes. Fairy Goddoctors. Plagues and lab testing (Mira Grant would be proud). Androids. Lunar. Secrets. Wars. Intergalactic love affairs. Hover cars. Ball gowns. Dances. Gloves. Technology.

Low Points.
I only have two but they’re kinda big ones.
First up, the characters.
I really wished that Ms Meyer would have just let her characters flourish on their own and within her story, without always checking over shoulder at the dusty book of fairy tales behind her. Some of the things the characters did seemed so forced and it was a shame because it really prevented me from connecting to them as much as I wanted to.
I’ve never read the original Cinderella, so I’m not exactly sure how close the story sticks to it, but the characters, which had so much potential, definitely suffered within these constraints.
Also, I guessed the major twist at about 20%. I’m not sure whether we were supposed to or not (I mean, it wasn’t subtle… AT ALL) but even if we were supposed to know, I would like to have had it a bit less blindingly obvious.
Maybe I’m just too clever for my own good.

Oh Cinder.
You, my dear, are my first cyborg.
(Well, that I know of anyway. I may have read Anna and the French Kiss all wrong.)
And I loved that about you.
Not that you were a cyborg (though that was cool) but because you were different and, out of all of my YA heroines, you had so much to potential to be one of the most memorable.
But unfortunately… due to the reasons I’ve already covered, it was not to be. Your character was so jumbled and it was so difficult to be your friend.
I couldn’t decide whether you were the tragic step-daughter, the badass mechanic, the lovelorn teenager or *looks knowingly at people who have read this book* what you were channelling at the end.
I have to admit, I’m excited to see what happens in the second book because that ending was pretty damn fantastic. But it could go either way.
What story is next?
Red Riding Hood.
I hope Cinder is based on the wolf in that one.

Best Friend.
Where do I get an Iko?
Personality defect or not, I would like to have her as my best friend and we can go shopping and perve on princes and I could sing this song at her all the time.

Love Interest.
Prince Kai.
Finally, something that I hadn’t guessed was going to happen.
Even though I didn’t like you in those chapters, I liked that you weren’t a Prince Charming cut-out.
And I understand that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
I actually didn’t mind the love interest in this because I don’t think it was insta-love. It was insta-like obviously, because duuh there are laws in YA fiction, but the love was developed at a reasonable pace. And Kai was a bit of a flirt and actually cares about Cinder and treats her with respect.
It makes me sad that this has become a novelty in books nowadays, it should be a given. So hurrah Ms Meyer!
This section is probably biased because I think I just have a weakness for stories where royalty pretend to be civilians and get up to mischief and wear disguises.

Theme Tune.

Not gonna lie, I chose this song for the video.
It is a great video.
And it’s a love song and… um, there’s love in Cinder.
It’s mostly for the video.

Sadness Scale.
6/10. Is it wrong that I wanted this to be like 10? I don’t even like angsty books much, but I wanted this one to be more emotional.
know I haven’t read it but I’ve seen the Disney film and even THAT is a bit sad. There was so many of mentions of things that could have been developed more and I desperately wanted them to be.
That is the joy of true fairy tales, isn’t it? They’re horrendous and dark and twisty and sad.
There was one bit that made me genuinely sad though and it was written extremely well, which was like salt in the wound because it shows that Ms Meyer would have owned the angst if she’d chosen to include it.

Recommended For.
People who love fairy tales and are always looking for an innovative take on them. This is the ultimate…due to the cyborgs. People who forget people easily and would quite like a screen to come up in front of your vision to tell you who the eff you’re speaking to. People who hand out in markets in hope of meeting dashing princes. People who are still waiting for the hoverboardcar to be invented. People who can fix up cars and still look fit in a ball gown. (fun fact: I can…not do either. )

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publishers.

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