Rating – 5 out of 5
In Cinder by Marissa Meyer, a retelling of Cinderella, the future is now. Cyborgs and androids have become a regular part of life and new Beijing is the epicenter of the Asian empire. A new plague has ravaged most of the world for many years. Cinder, a cyborg mechanic meets the prince of the Asian empire, and neither of their lives are the same. As the emperor is dying of the plague, the prince has many decisions to make, including who he will invite to his coronation ball.
“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.”
– Cinder, Marissa Meyer
Why I liked Cinder by Marissa Meyer
“Babe, what if Cinderella was a cyborg??” Is what my boyfriend asked me when he picked this book off the shelf at our local bookstore. Instantly I was hooked and bought the first three of this quartet. Easy to read and quite clever, I enjoyed this book. The world building around this future society was rich in it’s ability to bring in what already exists in the world. Cinder did a good job of mixing what the current culture in Asia is like now except some of the *future* was there. It felt very natural to how I would imagine the world would evolve into having more cyborgs and androids around.
Iko, Cinder’s android helper is one of the funniest characters I’ve met in a while. I loved how she had the most shameless personality while also being a robot. If more robots were written like that, I would read more sci-fi! In fact, most of the character’s in Cinder are their own people. Even though it is a retelling of Cinderella, all of the characters felt fresh and new. Over all – the Cinder by Marissa Meyer was a fantastic start to a series that left me wanting more.
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