Okay, so I’ve decided to write a book review every week — a horrible decision, really, considering everything else I have on my plate. Anyway, here goes *cue drumroll* CINDER!
Title : Cinder
Series : The Lunar Chronicles, # 1
Author : Merissa Meyer
Pages : 387
Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society, and a burden by stepmother, Adri. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though : Cinder’s brain interface has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the young prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, Pearl, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Adri volunteers Cinder’s body for plague research, an “honor” that no-one has ever survived. But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig.
Something others would kill for.
In a word, this book was refreshing. It’s got some of the same qualities as so many of the other YA books out there, but with a different take on the classic story of Cinderella. This is a book I would 100% recommend to just about anyone. I can’t wait for the next three in the series. Thumbs-up, Merissa!
Rating scale : 5 stars — Best book ever! It earns a place of honor on my shelf.
4 stars — Good, but it still had some issues.
3 stars — It was okay, definitely not my favorite
2 stars — I finished it, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it.
1 star — I didn’t even finish it. This book will collect dust under my bed.