Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
YA ∴ SciFi/Fantasy ∴ Fairy-tale Retelling > Cinderella
Published January 3, 2012
Paperback ∴ 390 pages
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.
I AM IN LOVE! It’s been so long since I’ve fallen for a teen series. Not including The Hunger Games, it must have been the Great and Terrible Beauty Trilogy by Libba Bray back in 2003. The first few notes I made are simple: set in New Beijing, easy to read/get into, a little confused about the Moon people (or Lunars, if you prefer), but the more I read, the deeper I got and I suddenly realized I had read 100 pages. I loved all the references to the classic tale: the foot, the car, no human friends… Since I’m reading this after the rest of the series is out, I’m aware of the titles and can guess who they represent, and I really appreciated the subtle and not so subtle hints about how they will all tie together. I think it’s really important to do early on in a series with so many characters. This is such an easy read, and I don’t mean that like the writing is simple, it just flows so well; like it’s a third-person stream of consciousness. So easy to fall in without knowing it.
Other than the fact that I could call the plot twists/surprises, I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series. I hope they keep me wanting more.