Cinder is a fairy tale retelling of the old classic "Cinderella". From the time I picked this book I did have high expectations for it due to the never ending hype and everyone going "OMG YOU'VE NOT READ CINDER?" I knew then it was one I definitely had to read the only problem was: Id never read Sci-Fi and didn't think I'd like the genre as much, to my surprise Cinder kept the pages turning! It was so hard to put down I used to lose track of time all because it just took me to a whole new dimension and i liked it!
Cinder the protagonist in this story is a teenage cyborg – part human, part robot – who has no history about her parents and currently lives with her evil stepmother Audri and two step-sisters Peony and Pearl in New Beijing where a sickness called letumosis is lurking and no cure is to be found, the emperor sadly dies due to this plague and to make things worse the evil and powerful lunar* queen, Levana, will stop at nothing in her plan to take over the earth. In the midst of all this Cinder meets Prince Kai (yes he's every girls dream) and just as their relationship as friends starts to build Cinders world shatters and takes a turn for the worse as she gets to know who she really is (and so does Kai, (nope he doesn't know she's a cyborg) and her foggy past starts getting cleared. How you may wonder? More like WHO. One Person. Dr Erland! The head of the letumosis research team who unveils a past Cinder never knew she had, she also becomes the talk of the town after attempting to save Prince Kai from the evil queen only to end up being her prisoner.
I loved how Marissa was able to retell this story and make it a whole lot more interesting with a lot of unexpected twists. The book left me wanting for more and as soon as I was done with it I went out and bought the second part. Her writing style was so easy to understand and I just whizzed through it all. I personally thought Cinder was a very strong character which brings me to the character development in the book which was done well except for a few characters like Kai where the character sketch was very limited. Overall it was a very fun read.. a lot of action and humor ~ If this world sounds like somewhere you might want to be definitely go check this book out!
((Lunars** : People from the moon who have the ability to control peoples minds.))
Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all? Or is it just programmed..?