Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Book: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
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.
“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.”


Rating: 5 Bites (Phenomenal, loved it)

Book Trailer


Did you love Cinder as much as I did? Let me know your thoughts or leave me a link to your review and I'll check it out!

51 comments:

  1. Thanks for reviewing. I haven't decided if Cinder was a book I wanted to read, but your review has me putting it on my list of books to read!

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  2. I'm glad you loved Cinder as much as I did! The author managed to marry sci-fi with the traditional fairy-tale just beautifully! :)

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  3. I loved this book! She did a great job of making the fairy tale of Cindrella come to life in a futuristic world. I to got very angry if ANYONE inturupted my reading lol :) I can't wait for Scarlet! Great Review!

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  4. I am dying to read this book. I keep hearing such great things. Thanks for the great review!

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  5. Everyone has been raving about this book. It's on my TBR list. I really should read it soon.

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  6. I wasn't sure I wanted to read this one but your review has made me change my mind! The fact that you got hooked from the first chapter has made me put it at the top of my TBR list! Great review!

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  7. Awesome review :)

    I really wanna read this book...GLAD you made me more excited hehe

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  8. i admit that even after reading your review i'm not sure about this book. I don't know but a cyborg love isn't really appealing to me and even worse.. there is a cliffhanger ( i hate those) so i guess i will still wait a bit

    great review though

    all the best

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  9. I just got this book for a fellow R.A.K.er - I don't know if your a part of it. It's book love between bloggers hosted by Book SoulMates. Anyway, I totally love the sound of this book and why should cyborg be able to fall in love. It's in the future and well anything can happen. I didn't know there was a trailer. This is the first I have seen it. Thanks for adding it.

    Great review!
    Mary

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  10. i really want to read this book, i like the trailer

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  11. I've heard so much about this book, but I'm kind of afraid to pick it up - what if it ruins the perfect Cinderella story? I don't want that. But I really should read it... Hmm, what to do? :P

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  12. I am so unsure of this book, it seems to scy fy for me but it seems like what I would like in some aspects.
    I have an e copy of this book but have been puttin off reading it.
    I am a bit bummed I missed ur other giveaways, especially for the SD Crocket book! I would literally shave my head to read that! I am dyin to read it.
    Is it even for sale yet?
    I gotta check on it now.
    TTYL & thanx again for stoppin by this am :)

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  13. I have Cinder sat on the bookcase waiting to be read. It sounds a brilliant book. This is yet another review that has highly rated it, I've hear nothing but good things about it so far. I will have to push it further up the pile so it doesn't sit around waiting to be read.

    Many thanks for the review.
    Jenny

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  14. OMG you make this sound super fabulous! I have heard good and bad things but mostly good...Must.Get.Hands.On.ASAPPPPPP!! :)

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  15. Had to admint I was skeptical but this is getting rave reviews. I love twists on favorite and this seems to have quite a few. Thanks for the review.

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  16. I just borrowed this one from the library. I can't wait to read it!! It's been getting really great reviews!

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  17. I just started reading this and I'm absolutely loving it! I really enjoyed your review - I hope by the time I reach the end of the book I will feel the same way about it! I can't believe I hadn't seen the trailer before now! It was amazing, and now I have some faces to put to the characters :) Thanks so much for the review and the trailer!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  18. ITA with you about this one sucking you in. I really didn't know what to expect going in, and it became one of those books that I absolutely could not put down. I actually was talking to someone who didn't like the ending at all, but I'm with you, it was a huge cliffhanger, but I was also o.k. with it.

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  19. I loved this book, probably the best fairy tale retelling I've ever read!

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  20. I recently got it and absolutely loved it! I'm so happy it's a part of a trilogy - more awesomeness to come. :D

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  21. I also really enjoyed this book. I felt that the interactions between Cinder and Adri were especially poignant because of Cinder's position within the household. I felt really sad right along with her when Adri just pushed her into the cyborg draft because she had no more use for her. Poor Cinder.

    I'm really looking forward to the second book!

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  22. I loved it as much as you did too!!!! Why oh why isn't the sequel out yet!!???? I don't think I'll last waiting for it. :)

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  23. I had SO many issues with this book. There were times I wanted to throw it at the wall, but I was listening to it on my iPod, so I refrained. But I really wanted to punch some of the characters for being so dumb! XD I still gave it 5 stars on Goodreads because I think it's pretty darn brilliant. But oh was I ticked off!

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  24. After reading everyone else's comments, I feel determined to go out and buy this book once I get the chance to! Mixing fairy tales and another genre is one of my personal favorites since it makes me feel younger :D

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  25. I'm glad you liked the book. I have been wanting to read this one and your review definitely makes it sound like a book I would love!

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  26. I loved this book, and your review is fantastic. :)

    My Cinder Review

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  27. Your review makes me want to read this book so much. I had no idea this book was so intense! And the main character seems so strong and independent.

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  28. I have been seeing this book around the blogs and it looked very good. Thanks for your review, I know I will keep it on my TBR pile now:)

    Thanks! Judy Cox

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  29. Because of these good reviews and hype about this book that's why it's been on my TBR. I'm just waiting for it in my mailbox. I hope i'll like it just like you guys!

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  30. I like the concept that this book centers around. But I don't get why it's called Lunar.

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  31. I totally agree with your review, I didn't even think I would like it as much as I did when I first picked it out. I mean it had an interesting cover, and I love Cinderella-spin offs, but I was so glued to the book after the first chapter...

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  32. I can't wait to read Cinder, it sounds awesome! I love stories with robots and cyborgs and stuff and wish there were more out there so I'm excited about this one. And Cinder being a mechanic and a cyborg just sounds awesome! Can't wait, it's at the top of my list. Thanks for the great review!

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  33. I think I could like this book, finally we have a vampires-werewolves-zombies free book! ^^

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  34. I recently order mine and I can´t wait read it, I keep reading that is really good.
    I hope to love it as much as you do, I like your review.

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  35. I found this one amazing as well, you are right, it was very original and I loved that and I cannot wait until the next book! I wasn't sure I would like it, I'm not much of a cyborg person, but Ms. Meyer made me fall in love with the whole premise.

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  36. Now I really want to sink into my copy of Cinder...I'm tempted to peek :P Love how original the concept is, and of course, I love Fairy Tale Retellings! Great Review :D

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  37. I have been nervous about reading Cinder. I actually checked it out from my local library and returned it without reading. I was concerned that the ending would leave to much hanging in the air. I have read a lot of other reviews that said the cliffhanger was horrible. I think I will pick it back up and try again. It definitely seems like a premise that I would enjoy. Thanks for your review and making me reconsider reading this book. I REALLY want to read it!

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  38. Wow! That excerpt just blew me away and made me experience some of that sadness mentioned in your review. I can see how Cinder can't be regarded as a light, fun read. I look forward to reading it!:)

    Sarah Bibi Setar @ Random Thoughts of a Confused Adolescent

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  39. I have been thinking about reading Cinder, ever since I saw it on my recommended list on amazon, but never really got into checking it out, because the whole cyborg thing. After reading your review, I believe that I will reconsider checking the book out, especially since you compared it to Cinderella ( and who hasn't heard about Disney's Cinderella). What really got me in your review is that you made sure that we, the readers, know that it's not just about a cyborg Cinderella story, but a story with a heroine who relies on herself and it's more than a fairytale.

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  40. nice review, you make me gigle, lol, looking forward to read this book ;)

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  41. I've been wanting to read this book, but I am not sure about the cliffhanger. I am not so big on those types of books. I like the stories to wrap up and then in subsequent books we get to visit with the characters. However, there are a few cliffhangers I have been okay with. One is Sierra Dean's Secret McQueen series. They drive me crazy at the end, but I don't mind it. Perhaps Cinder is the same way. Thanks for the review. I enjoyed it.

    Kendra

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  42. I enjoyed your review, especially about the differences between this book and the Cinderella story that most people know. The book sounds very interesting.

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