“Mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication: January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Rating – 5/5
Despite being marketed as a fairy-tale retelling, this book had so much more intricate plotlines and characters which immediately pulled you into the story. On a whole, this was basically a combination of Cinderella, Terminator, Star Wars and Sailor Moon. It may seem like a crazy mash up, but it truly is a remarkable world and a captivating story line and it only gets better with each book in the series.
Cinder is a loose re-retelling of Cinderella in a sci-fi setting. Our main character, Cinder, is a cyborg mechanic and she lives in the futuristic city of New Beijing. Despite having such major advancements in the future including androids and net screens, the city is facing a major crisis: a deadly plague called Letomosis. Finding the cure for this disease does become a major driver for this book; however, there are much more intricate plot lines involving politics (tension between the Earth and the Moon settlements) and the mystery involving the Lunars and Cinder’s past which are flawlessly woven into the book which makes it such a captivating read.
Cinder – Bold, Intelligent, Insecurities as a Cyborg. I really loved Cinder as a main character. She had a lot of strong qualities but also a few flaws which doesn’t make her perfect and I love her for that. Despite being treated poorly by society and her stepmother for being a cyborg and therefore, not technically human, she is still strong enough to voice her opinion
Kai – But first, SWOON ~
Classy, Smart, Insecurities about being a leader. Typically within a lot of fairy tales, the female lead is the main protagonist and the male lead will have the “Prince” role but with no depth in character. This was not the case for this novel. Marissa Meyer did a fabulous job creating Prince Kai as a character who experiences his own struggles for having to live up to his father’s reputation as the emperor as well as deal with his own internal insecurities for making the right decision for his country. He also becomes a character who I could connect to for having to grow up to fast, having his youth stolen from him and also facing that burden of upholding that family image. Maybe it’s because I’m the eldest in my family and there is a lot of expectation from me but I think this is the first time I really connected to a male character more than the female lead which I thought was very interesting but cool. Kai, my Bae, I feel for you. I really do . . .
Queen Levana – PURE EVIL; We do see a small snippet of her character here and we see more of her in the future books but from her actions, we can definitely tell she is cold, vain and heartless. She is very meticulous in her plans in order to ensure that she would always succeed. She rules the Lunar Kingdom through fear and that itself shows how cruel she is.
Iko, Peony, Pearl, Adri – Of course we also have the minor characters who add so much more into the storyline, For example, Iko, Cinder’s android provides so much comic relief throughout the novel and I absolutely loved her. Despite being Cinder’s stepsister, Peony truly loved and supported Cinder and she was a sweet character. Adri, Cinder’s stepmother, was ruthless as expected and boy, did I hate her with a burning passion. At certain points in the book she had me like,
Overall, this was quite a solid book. It had a great story line, well-developed characters and a dash of romance to keep you glued to the book. It had its moments where you were flailing at the cuteness, nearly tearing up at moments of heartbreak and also cheering for our main character for her strength and boldness.
Have you guys started the Lunar Chronicles? Did you enjoy Cinder too? And what’s your favorite book is the series?