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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Young Adult, Dystopian, Futuristic, Science Fiction
Hardcover $17.99 (### pages, PUBLISHER)
Ebook $9.99
Audiobook $39.99

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.

Author Site: marissameyer.livejournal.com

Not Just Another Fairytale Retelling (5 stars)

Being cyborg means being owned. Not quite human and not quite android, Cinder serves her family in their marketplace stall as one of the best mechanics in New Beijing. Her skill leads the prince to bring an ancient android no one on his staff has been able to repair to her stall. But what could the future emperor need with an old tutor robot?

As plague strikes the market and Cinder's 'step-mother', Adri, and 'sisters', Pearl and Peony, prepare for the upcoming ball celebrating the end of World War IV decades ago Cinder's life takes on a new purpose. Her fate tied to the possibility of a cure for the plague and a growing friendship with the prince will put her in danger of more than just being given away as a test subject by her stepmother. Cinder's existence may threaten the only real enemy worth fearing.

It isn't every day an author can pull off a flawlessly genre-bending, roller-coaster ride of young adult fiction. Watch out, because here comes Marissa Meyer. Taking a classic fairytale and turning it on its ear in all the right ways she manages to make a classic cool again. Melding futuristic tech with a dash of dystopian flavor, a subtle sprinkling of romance and enough fantasy to give it a twist Cinder is an adventure I almost couldn't put down.

Just when you'll think Meyer has taken you off the path of the classic Cinderella format a clever twist brings it back on track. At the same time she manages to make each character in the story unique, interesting and just enough like their fairytale counterpart to be obvious. Prince Kai is handsome and intelligent, a stronger figure than the original Prince Charming, and Iko, the little android with a big personality, is sure to win
a fan following.

To sum it up, if you love any of the elements this story contains you are sure to love Cinder. It's smart with just the right amount of humor and sadness, in spite of being, in essence, a retelling it's as fresh and original as it can get. I am so anxious to read the next Lunar Chronicles novel, Scarlet, a Little Red Riding Hood retelling. Meyer is going on my auto-buy list.

Other Reviews:
Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm
Lauren's Crammed Book Shelf
Writing From the Tub
Krystle Yanagihara on Goodreads

Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

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