Published By: Puffin (UK)
Publication Date: January 5, 2012
Date Read: April 15, 2014
Genre: YA - Fairytale Retelling
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.
"He was so far out of realm, her world, that she should have stopped thinking about him the second the door had closed. Should stop thinking about him immediately. Should never think about him again, except maybe as a client - and her prince. And yet, the memory of his fingers against her skin refused to fade. "
I don't know what I expected from Cinder but it surpassed all of my expectations completely. I had heard so many amazing things about this book but didn't really read too much into the book as I like to be completely surprised when I read the book. Cinder was so different and unusual and unique from any other Cinderella retelling and that is what is awesome.
Cinder is a cyborg. A gifted mechanic she is recruited by Prince Kai to fix his old android. But is all as it seems? As Cinder is dragged more and more into the world of politics in New Beijing she discovers that all is not as she originally thought. She is thrown headfirst into a intergalactic struggle and she must discover the secrets of the other planet in order to save herself... and those she loves.
Cinder was so much better than I thought it would be. I never imagined when I started listening to this book that I would be stuck in a world of cyborgs and aliens. It was so much more awesome than I thought. I know the thoughts of a cyborg cinderella and a world of aliens may put some people off but honestly it was just the most awesome thing I could have asked for. I loved this book.
Marissa Meyer has definitely made me into a fan with this book. I loved her writing style and even though I was listening to the audiobook and not particularly reading I still couldn't put it down. I was constantly going round with my headphones in as I couldn't stop listening. I needed to know what was going to happen. Marissa's writing style, along with her amazing world-building and characterisation had me completely hooked.
Cinder was one of the most unique and original retellings I have ever come across. I am a huge fan of fairytale retellings but I do admit that after reading a few you can start to be a bit bored as they seem similar and you always know how it's going to end. Cinder does not fall into this. It's so unique and amazing and the ending had me going WHAT? It's over? I completely was not expecting so many of the twists and turns especially the ending.
The only thing that stops this being a 5* read for me was the ending. I'd heard that Cinder had a cliffhanger and I was completely prepared for it but I didn't feel like it was. I expected there to be more and when I heard the end of the audiobook I was more surprised. I was going oh really? It's over? The end just happened so fast and I feel like there should have been an extra chapter or two. I just felt like it was left hanging... not in a cliffhanger way but in a 'doesn't feel like an ending' way.
As this is an audiobook review I always like to add something about the narrator. The narrator if this audiobook was fantastic. She is the best narrator I have come across so far. She really gave life to all of the characters. You didn't feel like she was just somebody telling us the story, she really became those characters and had you dying for more.
If you love fairytale retellings then Cinder is one that you cannot miss out on. It's fantastic. The storyline, the world, the characters. Everything is amazing. I loved this book and even though I was a little disappointed with the ending I still loved the whole of the book. It's got everything that you could ever want. Romance, action, mystery, intrigue. Cinder is a fantastic start to the series and I'm really looking forward to starting Scarlet, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles.
"Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth."
Extra Quote that I love:
"Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?"
- "You yourself said there will be horrible consequences if she doesn’t get what she wants. I am not worth starting a war over."
- "Actually you are."