Friday, July 31, 2015

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 8th, 2013
Publisher: Square Fish
Source: Bought
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Purchase link: Book Depository

Blurb:

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.
 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think I might have a little crush on Marissa Meyer right now because of this absolutely brilliant story.

When I first found out that the main character is a cyborg and the story has something to do with outer space, I was immediately turned off by the idea. But then, fate stepped in. After Cinder kept popping up in front of me, in bookstores and on my Goodreads feed, I decided to buy the book. I have since owned it for at least a couple of months before finally reading it.

And that was when I realised all the fun I'd missed out on all this time. That and the fact that I was wrong to hold prejudices against cyborgs being main characters of any book.

First of all, I have to say that Marissa Meyer did a superb job on the world-building. The whole idea of the Eastern Commonwealth, the other continents and the moon is just so interesting. And the fact that all of these are interconnected to execute this story is genius.

The characters are equally wonderful. My favourites are definitely Cinder, Kai, Iko and Peony. I really appreciate the fact that Marissa Meyer created a main character who doesn't lose her head when the prospect of love comes around. Cinder is a likeable character who has far important issues, such as the risk of death or imprisonment, to deal with than a romance with a certain guy. And she knows it.

And there's Kai, who's the new Emperor of New Beijing. He's sweet and he might have a little crush on someone but he didn't forget that he's a leader of his nation. So, thank you, Marissa Meyer for showing me that YA dystopian heroes do have the ability to prioritise and take appropriate rational actions when they are facing an impending war.