SYNOPSIS:Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beiging. 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… Sixteen-year-old Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past and is reviled by her step-mother. 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. Because there is something unusual about Cinder, something that others would kill for.
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I know, I know, I’m late to the party with this book but thankfully I have fell into the wonderful world of cyborgs & humans that Marissa Meyer has created so awesomely. When reading the synopsis in the middle of Target (after being intrigued by the front cover. Hello…you have to admit it is amazing) I was hooked. When I got home I started on it instantly. I seriously can’t believe I have just now found this series. Like, really? Where have I been for the last two or so years?!?!
Marissa Meyer takes an epic fairytale and turns it into a completely new tale all of its own. She doesn’t disappoint. Not. At. All. This world is unlike any other I have stepped into and I never want to leave. The storyline is freaking amaze balls and the plot was written in away that left readers wondering and wanting more. On top of an awesome storyline the characters were hilariously sarcastic and likable. Iko, the awesome android-friend to Cinder, is one of the best character creations I have seen in awhile. I’ve said in other reviews that I love the “best friend” and/or secondary characters in novels. I feel as if they have the potential to make or break a story because, to me, they are there to help me see into the lives of the main characters better. How the main characters interact, think, process and that is a huge part of connecting readers with characters. Iko definitely helps make this story better! She’s hilarious!
Cinder flinched. “Can we please not talk about the prince?” “I don’t think that’s possible. You’re working on his android, after all. Just think about the things she knows, the things she’s seen and–” Iko’s voice sputtered. “Do you think she’s seen him in the nude?” “Oh, for heaven’s sake.” Cinder yanked off her gloves and tossed them onto the table. “You’re not helping.” Cinder, Marissa Meyer.
Cinder’s character was the epitome of a great character. She is actually everything Cinderella wasn’t. I loved the fact she was a mechanic and not afraid to get dirty. I loved that in the world’s eyes she was flawed and second-class when it was proven time and time again that she was more human than her own “family” because of her emotions and the way that she saw the world. The theme “what makes a human a human” was woven throughout this book and it just provided more depth to the overall plot of the story. Cinder is hardcore because she’s determined and a very hard worker. (Okay, maybe that’s like Cinderella lol) She isn’t your run-of-the mill damsel in distress though and I loved that about her.
Marissa Meyer has a beautiful mind. Simple as that. Her writing style is so descriptive without it being overbearing. I could literally see this book play out in my mind and I’m just waiting to see it turned into film. That’s how good this book is. From beginning to end Ms. Meyer sucks you in and refuses to let you go. This book has a vivid, unprecedented storyline, amazing & relatable characters, drama, passion, and a little mystery. It definitely has it all. Pick up this book today. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.