Release Date: 3 Jan 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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. 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.
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Review: Cinder had one of the most exciting, interesting and unique opening lines, chapter... everything that I've ever had the pleasure of reading. If the first chapter didn't suck you in and swallow you whole, maybe you were reading an imposter because I was utterly powerless to resist. And I actually did try to resist. I bought Cinder but planned on reading another book first. I only wanted to take a peek into Cinder... annndd instead I ended up reading the whole thing as soon as humanly possibly.
I loved all of the new twists and turns that aren't in the Cinderella I'm familiar with (Disney, anyone?) but also loved the hints at the original story. Iko as Cinder's 'helper mice' was my favorite. The plague was an especially interesting addition and gave the story an even grittier feel than it already had as a cyborg living in a post-war world. I also liked the cyborg draft that came with that and Cinder's conflicting emotions because of her sister. It definitely made the reader have to step back and consider that gray area between right and wrong. The draft was horrifying, especially the public's reasoning behind it, but at the same time we are left with the question 'does the end justify the means if it saves the lives of so many dying people'.
I fell madly in love with all of the characters especially Cinder, Iko and Kai. I liked how strong and distinctive they were. They were actually real; they had fears and doubts and wishes. I really enjoyed how were we never told 'who' these characters were explicitly, but by the end of the book 'knew' them completely. Cinder is one of the best female heroines I have ever read about. Her 'making' her own magic was especially important to me, as was the fact that she relied on herself rather than sit and cry like the Disney version.
I loved the ending. Normally I hate cliffhangers but I found Cinder to be tied up just enough to satisfy me yet make me long desperately for Scarlet. Don't pick up the book and expect and quick, fun read. I loved the book to pieces but certain parts destroyed me. I cried several times, I got so angry and was ready to bite off the heads of anyone who dared interrupt my reading etc. Cinder was a very powerful book. I enjoyed it immensely but I don't think I could ever call it a 'just for fun' read.
Cinder flexed her fingers against the magbelt. “Of course I know what love is.” And sadness too. She wished she could cry to prove it.Rating: 5 Bites (Phenomenal, loved it)
“Good. Then you will understand that I am doing what a mother must do, to protect my children.” Adri turned the frame facedown on the mantel. On the couch, Pearl turned her face away, pressing her cheek against her knees.
A tendril of fear curled in Cinder’s stomach. “Adri?”
“It has been five years since you became a part of this household, Cinder. Five years since Garan left you to me. I still don’t know what made him do it, don’t know why he felt obligated to travel to Europe, of all places, to find some…mutant to take care of. He never explained it to me. Perhaps he would have someday. But I never wanted you. You know that.”