Thursday, January 9, 2014

Review: Cinder

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Source: Purchased

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 am in love with this book. Seriously! Best book I've read in months.

Sometimes it's hard to write reviews of book you love that make sense and aren't completely filled with fangirl flailing. But here it goes:

Characters: Awesome!
Plot: Awesome!
World-building: Extra Awesome!

There were so many little details and excellent minor characters. Like Iko, who is probably my very favourite character. The world-building, as I said, was a highlight for me. It was so good. There were no noticeable info dumps, but I felt like I really knew the world.

The only possibly negative thing I have to say is that it was a touch predictable. Retelling often are, by their nature, but the big twist near the end I predicted on page 116. This didn't matter to me though, I still loved the book and having guessed the ending didn't diminish my enjoyment at all. In fact, it probably increased it because I got to shout "I KNEW IT!" at the top of my lungs. So satisfying.

Basically, I loved Cinder and wish I hadn't waited so long to start it. But on the bright side, now I can dive straight into Scarlet.

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  1. Haha, yes, 'awesome' describes how this book feels to me :D I agree that this book was a little predictable, but the plot only gets better in the other two books :)!

  2. I read this pretty recently and I also really enjoyed it! Iko was an awesome character and Scarlet is even better than Cinder (in my opinion) I hope you end up loving that one, too :)

  3. You're totally right, it is predictable but I LOVED this so much! Cinder and Kai are such a cute couple and it is perfect in my opinion. Glad you finally joined the club ;)

  4. OoOO I'm soo happy you loved it too!!! It took me forever to read it but then got hooked so bad!

  5. Ha, EXTRA awesome!! So glad you loved this one so much! And I'm glad your fangirl flailing :) It's true that it was very predictable, but I found I didn't care much either!