Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Review: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Penguin (AU/UK), Feiwel & Friends (US)
Release Date: January 3rd 2012
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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.
Cinder is a futuristic retelling of one of our most well-loved fairy tales. It's set in the Eastern Commonwealth sometime after World War IV, where a deadly plague known as Letumosis has ravaged New Beijing for years without cure. Cinder is a young cyborg who suffered a terrible accident when she was 11, resulting in a surgery that transformed a portion of her body into more metal and wires than flesh and bone. Cyborgs rank second-class among humans and such prejudice rings prominent in Cinder's stepmother, Adri. Cinder is a gifted mechanic, who longs for freedom from her wicked stepmother. When the Prince of New Beijing, Kaito, asks Cinder to fix his android that may hold data that could free them all from the overthrows of another planet, her quiet, miserable life turns on a head as she's swept up in an adventure rife with danger, treachery and forbidden attraction.

Cinder is such an admirable heroine. She's strong, loyal and determined. I really felt a strong bond with her, my own emotions going haywire with her own. I love when I'm able to connect with characters on such an intimate level. In fact, you really feel for every character, whether love, affection, respect or repulsion. Iko, Cinder's android friend, was an absolute joy and had me giggling aloud so many times! The relationship between Cinder and Kai was one of the highlights, a true friendship grew between them. An attraction so honest and lovely, a chemistry so strong and sweet, they nestled themselves into the crook of my heart both as partners and as individuals.

Reading from both Cinder and Kai's point of view gave a greater perspective on what was happening on both a personal and a political level. From Kai, not only does he charm you with his personality and ground himself as an honest, flawed, genuine hero, but given his position, we were able to see more of Queen Levana. The deceptively beautiful Queen of Lunar. The Lunars were such an interesting touch to the story. They're a society that reside on the moon, a fascinating, if not creepy human-like race with unsettling abilities. Earth and Luna are on the brink of a war. The one way to prevent this? Prince Kai accepting Queen Levana's hand in marriage.... but having an evil, calculating villain share control over humanity isn't much of a step-up from war.

The futuristic society was so well imagined and the way in which Marissa incorporated the original tale of Cinderella was fantastic. It was like visiting an old friend you haven't seen since childhood - they're taller, older and much hotter, but there is still that friendly wave of familiarity underneath. Cinder still held onto the essence of the fairy tale, but was so inventive and original in it's own right.

Marissa Meyer has written an imaginative new series that brings your favourite fairy tales to life with renewed vigor. A beautifully crafted cast of characters, thrilling futuristic society, page-turning mystery, heartwarming romance and a dash of magic, are all what make this such a compulsively readable novel. I think it'll be one of the standouts of 2012!

5/5 Golden Apples!

18 comments:

  1. Oooh! It must definitely be added to be TBR wishlist NOW.

    Great review, as always, Brodie. <3

    Faye (;D)

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  2. Ok, I surrender. I am going to add this to my TBR pile. I told myself I would hold off until I read a few reviews from bloggers I trust, and your review has sold me. I can't wait to read this now. Cinder sounds amazing, both the book and the character.

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  3. Cannot wait to read this! I recently received a proof, so this will definitely get read soon, but WOW. This review just makes me so excited to get started! Glad you liked it so much. :)

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  4. I definitely want to read this one now! I saw it on NetGalley a little while ago but I believe I was declined. :(

    ComaCalm's Corner

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  5. I'm so happy you loved this book too! It was ah-mazing!

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  6. I have been debating whether or not I should read this one. I definitely think I will now. I wasn't aware it would become a series! Good to know!

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  7. This book sounds so awesome! I can't wait to get started on it. :) Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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  8. Oh, I didn't know that this is a retelling! I can't wait to start this one. I'm loving the mysterious and futuristic vibe it's giving off. And your enthusiastic, lovely, brilliant review makes me impatient to wait! :) Glad you loved it! (I know I'll love it too!)

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  9. THIS SOUNDS FANTASTIC <3 hahaa set after WW4??? Oh, and in Beijing?! INSTANT LIKE. Yay, I love re-telling of fairytales, especially after reading Shadows on the Moon. So glad you liked it! I think I might go pre-order it right now :)

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  10. I keep seeing all these great reviews on this one! It sounds awesome :) I am glad you enjoyed it, fantastic review :)

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  11. A futuristic tale of Cinderella?! I've just seen the cover but it hasn't really captured my interest until now. I feel a pre-order coming ;)

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  12. This one sounds absolutely amazing. I love re-tellings anyway, but this one sounds really unique! Cinder and Kai both seems like great characters, and it's good to hear you enjoyed reading about their relationship! Fab review :).

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  13. This story is similar to the old fairytale "Cinderella" but i liked the little bit changes made in this story.You have given great review. Waiting impatiently for 3rd jan 2012 want to read this story asap. Thanks for sharing the post.

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  14. This is such a weird twist on the fairytale!!
    To be perfectly honest I should admit that I only clicked on this review because of the title and cover of the book! Stunning!
    I would check this out.
    :)

    xxArielle
    http://chimneysandmagic.blogspot.com

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  15. I've got this one coming up next week, glad to see you loved it :)

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  16. I really didn't know much about this or had plans to pick it up... But you've done it again Brodie... I NEEDS IT !!!!

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  17. Hehe, I KNEW you would love this one. And how could you not? It's the perfect blend of everything awesome and I'm going to be miserable waiting for the second. Marissa Meyer has something SO cool going on with her series and I hope everyone else love it as much as we do! :D

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