Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction, Retelling
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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.
First Sentence: The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle.
Before I start this review, you guys should know that this is the second time I re-read Cinder. The first time I read Cinder, I DNF‘d it because, well, it was pretty predictable. It wasn’t until way later that I found out why: Besides Cinderella, Cinder is also based on Sailor Moon, a popular television show I loved to watch when I was a kid. I think I subconsciously realized that Cinder was a lot like Sailor Moon, hence why I found the book so predictable. After figuring that out, I decided to give Cinder another chance, and to my surprise, I found myself enjoying it more, a lot more, than the first time I’ve read it.
The second time around, I still found Cinder predictable, but I also had fun reading it. Who wouldn’t have fun reading about a someone digging through the junkyard, meeting a very hot Prince on the market, and a talking android?
The light flared as her scanner recognized him. “Prince Kai,” she said, her metallic voice squeaking. “You are even more handsome in person.” (12)
I love how Prince Kai’s character is so realistic. I’ve read a lot of books written from the guy’s point of view, and they just don’t sound like guys. They’re either too feminine, too mean, or just too unnatural. With Kai, we got a guy who is genuinely concerned about his people and also a guy who knows how to laugh and have fun without it being forceful or awkward. In fact, I personally think that Kai is better than Darren from Sailor Moon. I mean, I’m not the only one who thinks that Darren is unbelievable moody for no reason whatsoever right?
However, even though I praised Kai like crazy, I still want to slap Kai so hard at the end of Cinder. That comment he said to Cinder (you’ll automatically know what I’m talking about once you get to it) really hurt Cinder, and me. I honestly thought Kai was better than that. I’m still hurt after it.
[MILD] SPOILER: If Kai dares to complain that Cinder fooled him about her identity and that she purposely tried to seduce him, I would be so mad. (You don’t know how many guys I know in real life or read in books that fell for the girl, gets rejected, and then twists everything around so they look good.)
For some reason, I didn’t like Peony the first time I’ve read Cinder and I still don’t like her now. I don’t know why. Peony is portrayed as the nice stepsister and Cinder’s best human friend, but something about her just seems a little bit off to me. Maybe it’s because I know that Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella, so the two stepsisters both have to be evil, even though in Cinder, Peony is proven to be a nice person. I dunno.
And Adri, the evil stepmother. I don’t know how Cinder managed to not slap her across the face throughout the book because if I was in Cinder’s position, I would have long been in jail for beating Adri up. Cinder is Adri’s scapegoat and the funny thing is, Adri depends on Cinder for income, only she’s too stubborn to admit it. Sure, I can sometimes sympathize with Adri because Adri didn’t asked to be put in her situation either, but her actions are just too violent and selfish. I’m happy that Marissa Meyer made Adri a really hard character to outright hate though – Adri may be a bad person, but she has her own reasons for doing the things she does.
Adri’s lips puckered slightly at the corners. “It will be a miracle if you can find something suitable to wear that will hide your” – her gaze dropped to Cinder’s boots – “eccentricities. But, yes. If you fix the hover, I suppose you can go to the ball.” (25)
I have to give Marissa Meyer huge credit for her brilliant cyborg-Cinderella-Sailor Moon idea and for managing to perfectly mix all those elements into the book without it being messy or too slow. Marissa Meyer is a genius. Seriously. If you still haven’t read this book yet, what are you waiting for?
I absolutely, positively, can’t wait for Scarlet to be released. I want to meet Scarlet and the big bad wolf and see how Cinder and Kai’s relationship is now. Plus, there will be Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf in Scarlet, plus Sailor Moon and Cinder. Who could resist that? February, please come faster!
A deformed cyborg with a missing foot.
A Lunar with a stolen identity.
A mechanic with no one to run to, nowhere to go.
But they would be looking for a ghost. (387)