Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Details, Please (Publisher Description)

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.

So What?
This is a fast read, and completely entertaining. It’s not so exhaustively high-tech to the point that you don’t understand what the heck is going on either.  I think this qualifies as a dystopian book, because although the world is high-tech, the world is bleak with disease threatening to kill and no antidote to be found. Plus society is against our protagonist and poor Cinder goes through more than one identity crisis.

As a character, Cinder isn’t all prim and proper or annoying; she’s realistic and not pining away for the prince. The prince knows that his duty is to his people and not about whom he loves…you just get the sense in this first installment that there are bigger issues than just Cinder and Kai. Cinder is the first of a four-book series and Scarlet comes out in 2013. Don’t worry there isn’t a horrible cliffhanger. As a side note Marissa Meyer seems pretty cool she started by writing Sailor Moon FanFiction. What’s not to like?

Oh! For those of you who joined any Sci-Fi challenges or are planning on participating in the Once Upon a Time challenge this would be a good book for both. I’m using it towards my dystopia challenge.

And just because this came to mind while reading here is a Futuristic Paso Doble from Dancing with the Stars :) (nothing like this happened in the book that we saw anyway…it’s just the spirit of it I guess)

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4 thoughts on “Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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  2. Just finished reading and reviewing this one. And yes, I agree with you that it’s dystopian in that – how is it that being a cyborg is so looked down upon? Isn’t cyborg technology state of the art? Wouldn’t mostly EVERYONE have some metal parts in them in the future, considering the amounts of accidents and unhealthiness that people waste their lives on? I would think that people would be happy that such technology is available in case something happens to them and they need it. Unless their “organic” fundamentalists, that is. Also, how is it that these Lunar people have such superior technology?? Agree with you about this being a dystopia. It looks like things suck. And it’s not just the plague!

  3. SO I finally finished reading this, and I was in love!!! I could not believe I waited this long to make time for it, but I am glad that I did. Now I am sad that I have to wait for Scarlet to come out. Also, I started reading Divergent!! :)

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