Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Book Review #6)

Summary

“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. This cyborg is 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 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, Cinder must uncover secrets about her past to protect her world’s future.” by Marissa Meyer

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Review

Hello, Chronical Lunar Lovers! Cinder is one of four books written by Marissa Meyer in 2012. Her, books are a mixture between fairy-tale storylines with an add of Sci-Fi, a visit to Galaxies, and Politics. Stars above and fairest are two additional books written in addition to the ones mentioned.

Let me firstly congratulate this writer. Marissa not only has saved the essence and purity of the fairy tales we have grown to love, but she has added delicious twists and turns to them as well. Our Cinderella has been transformed to another level.

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Let us be thankful that Cinder is not the usual fairy tale girly girl. She is not a girl trying to act like a boy either. Cinder is feminine when she needs to be and a leader, making important decisions, all at the same time. You seriously will find it hard to put the book down. Her strong mentality comes with elegance and grace. She is lonely and has a questionable past. Just like our Disney Cinderella, she too has a stepmom and sister that miss-use her, yet she treats them nicely and with patience. Also, she handles her half robot body very maturely for a 16-year-old.

 

Marissa Meyer has added a twist to this story. Cinder possesses an absolute magic on top of the ability to be more than just a human being. She is a cyborg, yet still, has the heart to fall in love or to care about her world.

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I believe that she could have handled the Prince situation with a better plan and have a much more significant impact. The reason to go to the ball, in the end, was not as strongly justified. She could have just quickly sent a message or found a different way to tell the prince since he had already given her access to talk to him. She also could have avoided the whole embarrassing encounter by just seeing him in so many different ways rather than making it as public as she did.

The twist of the story, which was very attractive to me was that
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Cinder wasn’t just an orphan girl mistreated growing up working like a slave and then going to a ball and become a princess by falling in love with the prince. She is way more capable than just our average Disney Cinderella. She IS a princess herself and isn’t even aware of it! Cinder does not need a prince to save him. In fact, the prince is the one in need of saving!

The story finishes leaving just enough power for you to go out and buy the second book, Scarlet.

Jeyran Main

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