I was lucky enough to win Amanda's Back to School giveaway at her blog Orandi et Legendi, from which I got this book which I really wanted to read. I am very grateful to her for that :)
Cinder is a Young Adult, fantasy novel inspired in the classic Cinderella - the first of The Lunar Chronicles' trilogy by Marissa Meyer.
"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." (Goodreads)
I quite enjoyed this book, though I was expecting it to have a greater effect on me than it actually did, which I believe is because it would probably be most enjoyed by middle school readers. Let's say it is a book for young young-adults :P Nevertheless, I found it to be quite an entertaining book - the story that comes from the original Cinderella is quite impressive, and makes it feel like a completely new story, though never missing the original idea.
The writing is correct and quite direct, and the characters are interesting. However, I found the plot twist to be a bit predictable.
Overall, I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars, though I had actually read very good reviews for this book... As always, try it for yourself and see what you think :) Nevertheless, I plan on reading at least the second book of the series as I remember reading that the series got better with the next books.
Let me know what you thought about Cinder! Happy reading!
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