December: Cinder 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.”
Why we chose it:
We love fairy tales and we love Sci-Fi so a fusion of the two is just irresistible. It’s a Cinderella retelling where the eponymous character is a freaking cyborg. Need we say more?
What we think so far:
The cover art is fantastic. The story draws you in from the first page. Cinder is a character we already love. We want to know more about this mysterious plague claiming the citizens of New Beijing.
Final Thoughts & Reviews:
Lady Dynamo says: I love fairy tale re-tellings so it came as no big surprise that I devoured this book. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. I love the world Marissa Meyer has created. She did a beautiful job of giving us what we want/expect out of a Cinderella story, but made it new and unique enough to be entertaining to the last.
Lady Foxcraft says: What a great read! Marissa Meyer has taken a fairy tale classic and retold it in a way like no other. Meyer incorporates a post-war society, advanced technology, and age-old archetypal characters and situations that make the Cinderella story fresh and riveting. I LOVED this book and cannot wait for Scarlet.
This novel is a fantastic combination of cyberpunk and science fiction and acts as a great gateway to other similar novels of the “punk” genres (steampunk, clockwork punk, etc.) as well as the vast pool of sci fi out there.
I loved Meyer’s narrative technique–she didn’t bog you down with details but told you enough to paint the picture. That’s a difficult medium to reach for a lot of writers, and Meyer achieved it. Well done!
Potential Spoilers Below:
My Favorite Element: The way she used the “glass slipper” motif. Excellent job–it made our heroine vulnerable in the best way. It also made Kai vulernable–my heart broke for both of them.
My Least Favorite Element: I didn’t like the way Dr. Erland behaved in the end, like a mad scientist. He was consistently put together throughout the novel and, I feel, should have remained that way at the end when Cinder needed him most. He came through, no doubt, but the shift in his character was unexpected–and I didn’t much care for it.
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