Book Review: Cinder

This week’s book review is Cinder by Marrissa Meyer.

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. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

So, let me just say, I know I’ve been reviewing a lot of fairy-tale retellings. It’s kind of weird, actually, because normally I find that kind of stuff silly and overdone. Not this book. I actually didn’t realize it was a Cinderella retelling until I got pretty close to the end, the part where she looses her shoe.

But this book is amazing. Think a slightly sci-fi, futuristic version of Cinderella. If that doesn’t make you at least curious, I don’t know what will. But anyways, this is one of the books that you don’t want to put down, it’s that good. You look forward to being able to read it, to finish it.

The characters are super refined, both interesting and real. The world building is spot on…enough to make you visualize it, but it doesn’t make it seem like you have a tour guide walking around with you.

And the plot…the plot is different enough from the original story that, like I said, I didn’t realize it was a retelling until almost the end. The writing just kind of flows…creating a vivid picture in your mind. Honestly, I can’t bileave more people haven’t read this.

This book is completely, utterly amazing. I highly recommend it (and all the books after!). Five stars. ✩✩✩✩✩

I just realized that every book I’ve reviewed I’ve given five stars. I guess to break the pattern next time I review a horrible book or something, I don’t know.


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