About the Book
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2012 by Feiwel and Friends
Blurb: 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.
First off, the characters were amazing- all of them. I love how Cinder is such a strong heroine. She is both intelligent, adventurous and snarky at the same time. I also like that even though Cinder is in love with Kai, she doesn't act stupid and break her character when she's around him. I hate when that happens in books. Sometimes the book can get a little tense and dark. Fortunately, Iko is always there to provide comic relief. I loved Kai too. Even though he's really new to the whole governing a kingdom thing, and he makes a lot of mistakes, he still shows wisdom. Even though he doesn't know what it is, he sees something special in Cinder and tries to defend her.
Of course I can't forget the villains in this story. Queen Levana is amazingly hateable (if that's a word). As Lunars, she and her thaumaturges have so much power. They can easily control people by glamouring them. They have the ability to make people turn against their friends. They have the ability to make people who normally hate them, love them. They basically can manipulate people in any way they want. They know that they have this power, and yet they act as if they have done nothing wrong. Ugh. It's just sickening, which is what makes Cinder such an effective story.
The tension in this story was constantly escalated, especially near the end, which is how it should be. I couldn't stop flipping the pages because everything single thing that could go wrong did go wrong. While people keep on dying from the plague and the frantic search for the antidote continued, the government and Cinder are also looking for Princess Selene and trying to keep Queen Levana and the other Lunars under her power from attacking Earth. Everything is hanging in a delicate balance and I found myself NEEDING to find out what would happen next.
I would rate this five butterflies, except for one glaring annoyance in the book. Cinder was such a predictable book. I'll warn you that there is a huge plot twist at the end of the book. Unfortunately, I could see it coming before I was even close to being halfway done with the book. It completely ruined what I'm sure was supposed to be a surprise at the end. I'm pretty sure I would have been this shocked if I didn't see the plot twist coming: