Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Published: Feiwel & Friends
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.
Cinder, is definitely the best version of Cinderella, I’ve ever read. It’s such an interesting take on a classic story and a hundred times better than the original. The protagonist, Cinder, is super intelligent with a lot of strength inside of her, and she’s a badass cyborg mechanic, much to her stepmother’s, Adri’s, dismay. Adri is the perfect villain, she’s so evil you have to hate her, there isn’t anything to like about her, and I think that’s what makes Cinder so loveable.
She is faced with so much discrimination, within her own family for being a cyborg, that her fear and shame get the best of her, whenever she’s around Prince Kai. Besides her younger sister Peony, who died due to the plague, that Cinder is trying to find a cure for, Prince Kai’s friendship is all Cinder really has, and she has to hide the truth about herself, from the one person who seems to care.
Then there’s evil Queen, Levana, who desperately wants to marriage Prince Kai, so she can take over the world with her Lunar abilities that make everyone bow down to her. It’s so hard to deal with two evil people in one book, especially since both of them have it out for Cinder. Like Cinder, doesn’t have enough problems to deal with. The original Cinderella, didn’t have to deal with so many problems, but that’s why I love Cinder. She’s more realistic than Cinderella, she has real insecurities, like a normal sixteen year old girl, she isn’t perfect, and she’s trying to deal with it, in a society where her kind is frowned upon. As sci-fantasy as this novel is, Cinder is a totally relatable protagonist and I think anyone that reads this book will be able to see themselves in her.