Rating: 5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Science fiction, fantasy, YA, fairytale or dystopian devotees
High point: Cinder's depth and personality
Low point: That the 2nd book isn't out yet!! (So...none, really.)
Reader maturity: 13+
When I started reading Cinder, I had no idea it would become one of my favorite books of 2012 (maybe the favorite book but the year is still young). I don't remember much hype surrounding its release, and if there wasn't any, there should've been some!
Cinder is a girl after my own heart--a mechanic, practical, uncomfortable in a ballroom (though with her head held high), keeper of a million and one secrets...I clicked with her instantly, mourning when Peony died and falling for Kai right alongside her.
The characters in Cinder are superb. Peony makes a huge impact is a very short amount of time, as does Kai. But one of the best ones is Dr. Erland (he's a researcher of the plague). He kept me guessing for a long time. Is he a good guy? A bad guy? Does he have selfish motives? Is he lying? Is he not lying?! I love when a character can surprise me but still feel true to itself and the story.
The plot, too, was impressive. It's not easy to take an existing framework (Cinderella, prince, stepfamily, royal ball, etc.) and make a new and exciting story, but Cinder succeeds. All of the elements that make Cinderella such a timeless fairytale exist in Cinder but they're amped up with science fiction and intrigue.
Still more impressive are the seamless ways Marissa Myer transports the reader into the mind of a cyborg. The little mentions of wiring, circuits and real-time retina displays of information made Cinder come to life (figuratively speaking).
The end of the book left me hungry for more, and I will definitely be adding Cinder to my permanent collection...So run, walk, hobble on your too-small foot to get your hands on a copy!
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fiction - Science Fiction
Book Source: Won an ARC from Book Dreaming