When I picked up Cinder by Marissa Meyer I did not expect to discover my favourite book of the year.
For the longest time, I had been staying away from YA series because the times I gave them a shot I walked away disappointed. Twilight? A hot mess. Divergent? First book was decent, but the rest fell apart. Eragon? Somebody get that boy an editor. Maze Runner? Just no. Apart from The Hunger Games and Red Queen, I deduced it just wasn’t my thing.
So at 25 pages into Cinder, I was in love, and I was shocked by that.
A retelling of Cinderella with a cyborg mechanic and instead of a glass slipper she has a cyborg foot? And there are evil lunar people living on the moon? And an android with a faulty personality chip? And there’s a plague?
Yes. Yes. Yes.
Marissa Meyer is a fantastic story teller. Despite being set in a future Beijing with flying cars and robots, she still managed to keep a whimsical fairy tale atmosphere throughout. Of course we have the evil stepmother and stepsister, the charming Prince Kai, and a plot to take the throne of the Eastern Commonwealth.
I devoured this book in about three hours, and have already checked out the second Lunar Chronicles book, Scarlet, from the library.
Do yourself a favour and read this one; the hype is most certainly justified.