by Marissa Meyer
This is one of those books that suddenly popped up all around the blogosphere, so it took me awhile to finally pick it up and read. Happy to say that it lived up to all of the good buzz!
My first thought was that this would be another fairy tale mashup, but it's not. Well, it sorta kinda is, but not really. There's the unwanted Cinder who was adopted by a man shortly before he died of the plague. She is left with her mean "stepmother" and two "stepsisters". The younger sister seems sweet, but the other two don't really like Cinder and aren't afraid to let her know it. There's even a handsome prince and a ball, but that's more or less where the Cinderella comparisons stop. Well, aside from her pumpkin-like transport to the ball. :)
Cinder is a talented mechanic who just happens to be a cyborg. She doesn't remember anything before the surgery which saved her life, but is a survivor. As a cyborg, she technically belongs to her stepmother, has no rights because she's considered property, and she cannot keep any of her earnings.
I don't really understand the prejudice against cyborgs, as I think that would be beyond cool! How convenient to have a handy little indicator to let you know whenever someone is lying? And a mechanical leg that you could store things in? How awesome would that be? Unfortunately, it's not an easy life, but Cinder somehow manages to stay strong. I really liked Cinder, as she didn't let the constant emotional and mental abuse from her so-called family break her spirit!
A chance encounter with the handsome Prince Kai sets her on a path to an unexpected adventure. He was looking for a mechanic to repair his companion android. Turns out the life of a prince isn't so easy either. His country is suffering from the plague, and they are dealing with threats from the evil Queen Lunar. Very evil woman! E-vile!
Really loved the characters in this story! Cinder's companion android Iko is a blast! Such a big personality in such a little robot! Kai and Cinder are both great characters! And how cool that Kai didn't look down on Cinder, but actually seemed to like her! Go Kai!
This is a great start to a great new series! Was fast paced, had a great plot with interesting and believable characters, and the writing is out of this world! My only complaint was the cliff-hanger ending, and that I have to wait until next year for the next book to come out!
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