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.
AHHH!! So much awesome squashed into 390 pages (and yes, I’m including the acknowledgments!). This book played out like an epic movie in my head. I laughed. I wept (silently). I even felt like punching a few people (no names…Kai).
Fairy tale rewrites are fascinating and Marissa Meyer has pulled off the best one I’ve ever seen. After watching the perfect blonde, opera-singer Cinderella of Disney’s cartoons, I never felt a connection to the princess who sang with birds and looked at her reflection in soap bubbles. But Cinder? Love. Her. Cyborg, greasy, mechanic, spunky, with wit that makes me laugh without fail – Cinder is one of the best female-protagonists I’ve read. She is exceptionally well written. Her dialogue with Doctor Erland is my favorite bits of the book. Hilarious and witty, I love the sarcasm.
Adri (the wicked-step-mother) made me growl. Peony (the nicer-step-sister) was cute and sweet, though self-centered. Pearl (the meaner-step-sister) drove me nuts. Doctor Erland (awesome, but slightly mean, still awesome) was the BEST. Iko (the android) I just absolutely adore her personality. Now we’ll mention Kai? I have not read such a complicated guy for a while. He was written perfectly, with wit that bounced off Cinder’s with a spark, and, wow, I could practically see his smile through Meyer’s description (and as Iko would say, “Check my fan, I think I’m overheating!”). But, I admit, I wanted to punch Kai at the end. After all, he stood for, said and promised, at the end of the day, he was still caught up with common superstition and notions. I wanted him to see what Cinder had done and appreciate the depths of her actions, but he – Well, we won’t spoil it, will we?
The ending screams for a sequel (good thing SCARLET was sitting right next to me). This series is amazingly epic, so well written, with complex plot enough to keep you buzzing, with characters to die for (literally). With all it’s grease spots and metal feet, CINDER is a fantastic book that snaps clichés.
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