Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)- Melissa Meyer
Lunars were a society that evolved from an Earthen moon colony centuries ago, but they weren’t human anymore. People said Lunars could alter a person’s brain-make you see things you shouldn’t see, feel things you shouldn’t feel, do things you didn’t want to do. Their unnatural power had made them a greedy and violent race, and Queen Levana was the worst of them all.
Plot: A retelling of Cinderella with a robotic twist, Cinder follows the journey of Cinder to escape her wicked stepmother, fall in love with her prince charming, and to save the world from the evil Lunars who threaten all of the Earthen inhabitants with a deadly plague. All her life Cinder has felt like a burden, and a freak, part cyborg, part human she has never quite fit in anywhere but she is the most renown mechanic in the Beijing district. Cinder is forced to work, and because she is the ward of her stepmother her earnings are taken away and lavished on her step sisters. Cinder is avoided by the people in the market because cyborgs are seen as less than slaves, they’re unnatural, and unwelcome. All Cinder wants is to escape but with her stepmother breathing over her shoulder and no income there’s little hope for a brighter, freer future. One day while at her booth, a hooded stranger approaches Cinder with an ancient Android. She is shocked by the warm brown eyes that seem to embrace, and welcome her in, and even more startled to recognize their owner at the crown Prince Kai. After this chance meeting Cinder’s thoughts revolve around the Prince but she knows he could never possibly fall for her, after all she’s a cyborg and yet she clings to his compassionate, boyish kindness. Cinder loves her sister Peony, even though cyborgs are rumored to lack emotional capacity, and when Peony is struck with the plague Cinder’s world falls apart. She is blamed for Peony’s sickness, and given to the medical researchers as a guinea pig to test plague microbes on. Cinder is injected with the microbes, and the plague is tracked through her system but miraculously, the plague seems to disappear. Dr. Erland thinks Cinder might be the key to an antidote, and Cinder is willing to sacrifice herself in order to find a cure to save Peony. With a separate bank account set up, and bruised by needles, Cinder returns home. Cinder continues her budding friendship with the Prince, and soon learns that nothing is ever what it seems, even your own identity. Soon Cinder no longer knows who she is as her DNA results come back she has more questions than answers. Meanwhile, Prince Kai is negotiating with the deceitful Queen Levana of the Lunars-a group of magical beings who are able to manipulate, and brainwash through bioelectric powers, and live on the moon. The story follows Cinder through her quest for love, the truth about her past, and how to save the world from the plague, and the imminent Lunar-Earthen war.
- Cinder is a unique heroine. She is ballsy, direct, sarcastic, and so witty. She has several hilarious lines and her personality is definitely something you don’t want to miss. Cinder knows how she is perceived by others but she believes in herself and is not afraid to share her opinions. Cinder’s is also as compassionate as she is funny, and does not let her horrible living situation break her.
- There are several comical, all around heart warming moments that leave you laughing out loud with how cleverly they were delivered.
- Kai is handsome, honest, and so full of life. You will fall in love with him as easily as Cinder does. He will take you in with his charming, smiling, adorableness, and you will never want to let go.
- The social hierarchy when it comes down to technological advancement, and materialism is really interesting in its complexity. Humanity is valued above all else, and although technology in the form of gadgets is smiled upon, cyborgs and androids are merely for aiding in entertainment or as servants.
- The use of the plague, and the Lunars as a combined medical, magic, and scientific threat was innovative, and added to the overall dystopian outlook.
- There’s not a very detailed description of what Cinder looks like.
- Some things were rather predictable.
- There were a few monotonous parts but they quickly picked up.
Overall Cinder was an enjoyable, pleasant read. If you liked the following books you might like this: