Book Review and Wallpapers: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Format: ARC (courtesy of Feiwel & Friends)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Dystopia, YA (take your pick)
Publication Date: Jan 03, 2012
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.

Holy Lunar Batman. Think the combination of Cinderella + cyborgs + dystopia, can't possibly work out? Well, it does, and this book is the proof.

But first: the negatives. The biggest distraction I found in the book is Prince Kai. I didn't understand his character very well, especially his sudden attraction to Cinder. We see his actions, and get to occasionally read his thoughts, but they aren't consistent with each other. I'm not quite sure if this is done on purpose (showing how much he has to learn) or not, but it is clear that he has a lot of growing to do as a character.

The ending was also a bit of a let-down, if only because I am dying to know what happens next. The full Cinderella story arc doesn't happen in this book, so we are left waiting for the next book, for what I hope has some sort of a conclusion.

Lastly: The book is set in "New Beijing," the future China, but aside from character names, there was no Chinese culture in the book at all. I refuse to believe that even hundreds of years from now there wouldn't be something cultural that stuck, especially in such a rich and deeply-ingrained culture.

And now: the squealing! Despite the above, I really enjoyed this book. I was enthralled with Cinder and her life as a mechanic/unofficial servant. She's a spunky character, who comes complete with guts, honor, and interchangeable parts. It took me a few chapters to really understand her, but I must say that I'm quite a fan.

The world Meyer built is impressively detailed. I could picture everything in my head as I read, and was able to lose myself in it, completely. Meyer is great at explaining enough so that the reader understands what is going on in the story, but not explaining so much that it feels like overkill. She hints at just the right details to get your mind spinning with the possibilities.

I was hooked with the details; fantastic descriptions of mechanical body parts, internal wiring, and futuristic machines, made better by the fact that Cinder is a mechanic with lots of knowledge about them. And little fairy tale hints kept popping up in the most unexpected places. It was a fun surprise each time I realized what something represented (much like I fun I get from realizing what things represent in Once Upon a Time).

This is a book you need to read. The dialogue is great--sometimes funny and other times heartfelt--and Cinder's sarcastic humor comes out in just the right places. You'll love the way the writing sweeps you into Cinder's story, and the world she lives in. And you'll gasp at the end when it leaves you wanting more.

Read this if:
...you are looking for something fresh and memorable; a book to get lost in.

Fever Symptoms:
Major loss of sleep, inability to function, accelerated reading, shifted priorities, and the sudden urge to cry in frustration upon finishing.

Content Warning
Clean read!

Had to get my energy out after finishing this book, so here are some wallpapers for you. Enjoy! :)

Other Books in the Series:
Book 2: Scarlet (2013)  /  Book 3: Cress (2014)  /  Book 4: Winter (2015)

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  1. OMG I can't wait to read this one! It's next on my TBR pile! I'm a little disappointed to hear that there aren't many Chinese elements, though. Oh well. I went to China over the summer, and there wasn't much Chinese culture in China NOW, so I guess the book's legit...haha

  2. I keeping reading great reviews of this novel. It's interesting that you had a few tiny complaints about this one. I was especially sad about it being set in China but not having any culture references. It seems to make up for it with all the good though. Can't wait to read CINDER!

  3. Ooh, gorgeous wallpapers!!

    I'm totally in love with this book, so I'm really glad you liked it! =)

  4. I loved this book and yes, that ending definitely leaves you salivating for book two! The wallpapers are awesome, thanks for those!

  5. This sounds fabulous - but one of my peeves is not feeling satisfied upon completion of a book! I want to have a 'conclusion' of some sort for EVERY book. I might wait to purchase this until after the final book comes out so I can read all at once. ;)

    Thanks for the thorough review.

    (I'm a sucker for a great cover - and this one is awesome!)

  6. I can not wait to read this one, I have a copy and I swear I must get to it soon. Everyone is raving about this one so I'm glad you also enjoyed the story.

    Thanks for the great review.

  7. KM: Your comment on the culture totally has me laughing! :) I hope you get to read it soon!

    Amber: I agree; it made up for it with everything else, and in fact, it wasn't until I finished reading that I sat back and realized there wasn't any Chinese culture in it. Hope you enjoy it!

    Ashley: Thank you! I'll look up your review. :)

    Becky: Totally excited for book #2. I can't wait to see where Meyer takes the story. Glad you like the wallpapers!

    C.E. Hart: I definitely understand. I like to have a conclusion as well, and tend not to like cliffhangers as much. I agree that the cover is great, though. So classy and telling at the same time.

    Alexa: Yes, get to it soon! I hope you LOVE it! :)

  8. Dystopian Cinderella with cyborgs in China? Zomg must read! Added to my TBR list xD

  9. I have been hearing lots and lots of amazing things about this book but have been sorta shaky about reading it because I feel like it will be one of those books I will either love or hate... but hearing your review makes me feel like I will most likely enjoy reading this book!


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