I am going to take advantage of my blog actually working again, and write a review for this book. Sorry, I have no pictures because I do not own the book yet. It is actually the first book I finished reading in my Kindle! So, yay for me! And yes, I am officially into the Lunar bandwagon! Anyway, here goes.
Cinder is the first book in The Lunar Chronicles series written by Marissa Meyer. It is a fairytale re-telling of Cinderella. Before you go on ignoring this book, let me just say that it is not a mirror of the actual fairytale. Yes, there may be some general parallels you may encounter while reading, but plot-wise and world-building-wise, this is a very different book.
The story was set in the future wherein Earth has already gone through 4 world wars and wherein advancement in technology has created androids, cyborg, etc. There are also beings inhabiting the moon called Lunars, who is a great threat to the people on Earth. Aside from that, there is also the plaque called Letumosis, which endanger the lives of mankind.
The main character Cinder, is a Cyborg living on Earth. Basically, a cyborg is human with machines as substitute for any body part destroyed by accident, illness, or any disease. Cinder has a mechanical arm and leg, and also has a microcomputer inserted in her nervous system allowing complete sensation of her mechanical limbs. She works as a mechanic for her stepmother and stepsisters. Through this job, she met the Emperor’s son, Prince Kai, who wanted his android to be fixed. This meeting lead to the intertwining of their paths, and soon, became an unraveling of secrets that might either help or ruin the Earth.
That’s all I’m telling about the gist of the story. I don’t want to spoil anything at all. Plus, I also feel that you will be able to predict what’s going to happen as you read more into the book. Yes, the book was quite predictable and I was able to make connections even before I reach halfway through the book. But this does not, in any way made me want to put it down. And that brings me to the reasons why I love the book:
First, is the amazing world-building: I don’t know with you guys, but I love me some futuristic/sci-fi/Star Wars-y feel. I have read a few sci-fi books and honestly, I do get a bit overwhelmed by the tech-y stuff going on with these books, but as for this, I totally can imagine it all inside my head. The terms were explained clearly and I don’t have to rattle my brain too much to understand them.
Second, is the diversity of the characters in the book: Since the story was set in New Beijing, plus the characters were named Asian-sounding, like Kai, Linh Cinder, Iko, etc., I assumed that these are Chinese characters. And I don’t encounter that in a lot of books. Plus, I guess this added to the book’s appeal since one of the main themes in the books is discrimination, not exactly in race but between human, cyborgs, and androids.
Third, is the humor: I love character who have a great sense of humor, you know, that witty sarcastic remarks which are not overly done. This book has it, and I enjoyed every bit of it especially Iko’s character. I love the her sidekick persona and her lines.
Fourth reason is that I love how it was not a cheesy romance book. If you have been following me for quite some time now, you would know that I don’t really enjoy mushy-too-cheesy-romance novels. I cringed at sappy love quotes and daydreaming scenes. Don’t get me wrong, this book has some fair share of squeal-worthy parts but I did not cringe at all. It was in moderate amounts, and more importantly, in appropriate timing. I love the chemistry between the characters at the same time did not hate their lovey-dovey exchanges.
And lastly, because of this quote: “It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself that you are beautiful.”
All in all, I will give this book a 4.5/5. The 0.5 deduction is for the predictability of the plot. I completely fell in love an am already halfway through the second book, Scarlet. This might as well be one of the best fairytale re-telling I have read.