Title: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.
So as you may already know I was extremely hesitant to pick up this book. I read Heartless a year ago and hated it. Needless to say it took me a while to warm up to the idea of trying again.
To be honest I think I only picked this up because I keep hearing how good it is and I already had the first book so I figured why not. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this book far greater then I expected. I knew that this was a retelling of sorts for Cinderella but I wasn’t sure how she’d spin it since this is multiple books. I’m actually a little unsure how it will play out still but that’s something I’m excited about!
The story in this book was smooth, I was engaged from beginning to end, admittedly about half of this book was audiobook but that actually enhanced the story for me. I will say the overall plot was fairly predictable. I knew how this book would end, at least the key items probably when I was 1/4 through the book but the path to getting there was enjoyable.
All in all I will likely pick up the next book soon. I’m curious to see what happens next.
Has anyone else read this book? What did you think? Is it worth continuing?