Today is book review day. The one I chose this time is a novel by Marissa Meyer, I’ve read tons of good stuff about it and the blogosphere seems to be in love with the entire series, so I finally decided to give Cinder, part 1 of The Lunar Chronicles, a shot!
Cinder is a 16-year-old Cyborg living in New Beijing. Loathed by her stepmother, she works as a mechanic to earn the family’s income. Her life is about to change when Prince Kai, soon-to-be emperor, visits her shop and asks her to repair his android. Cinder gets pulled into something she didn’t think she was part of, but believe me, she was wrong…
It’s incredibly hard to pull of fairy-tale retellings. Most of those end up a cheesy copy, unimaginative or simply weird. However, Marissa Meyer surprised me by kicking off The Lunar Chronicles with a fascinating modern version of Cinderella.
One of the reasons this works so well is because Marissa Meyer doesn’t attempt to stick too closely to the original story. There are many moments where she hints at something but still strays far enough from the fairy-tale to deliver something completely new.
You have no idea what to expect and I can guarantee, Meyer will surprise you numerous times. It’s easy to see how much effort and heart she put into this book (and it really pays off)!
Despite the story definitely having sci-fi elements, the characters are still so very relatable and not even the weirdest thing she mentions feels out of place.
The only thing that bothered me is the whole love-story part. It annoys me a bit that whenever we get a strong, interesting female character, there’s always needs to be a man she can fall in love with. But granted, you can’t do fairy-tales without a prince. So I’m prepared to overlook this flaw, as I really really really want to know what happens next!
An amazing book you can hardly put down! I honestly hadn’t expected to like Cinder so much but the plot fascinated me. So excuse me, I need to rush to the library to pick up the next part of The Lunar Chronicles!
Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!