Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for. (From: Goodreads)
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genres: YA, retelling, sci-fi, fantasy
Publisher: Macmillan (US), 2012
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Cinder-y stars!!!
“Did you just short-circuit?”
In case you didn’t know, this is my second time reading this book. The last time I read this book was eight months ago. I hated it and I wanted to cry my heart out since I’d bought all six books in hardcover. I didn’t finish it and I rated it only one star. If you’re interested, you can check out my review here.
I’m glad that I picked up this book again. Well…I can’t just left this series on my shelf! Everytime I looked at them, guilt washed over me and I almost drowned.
Alright, enough prologue of this review. So Cinder is 36.28% inhuman. She’s a cyborg. How cool is that! It’s a retelling of Cinderella and you can vaguely see the original storyline in this new fairytale.
What I Like About It
– the idea
1. cyborg and android
High-tech! Cyborg Cinder has an unnatural foot. Haha! I’d already foreseen the Prince pick up her foot. Lol! The scene would be so…hilarious. P.s. the personal android seems handy. I hope I could have one as my friend to talk with.
What makes something a sci-fi? Robots? Spaceships? Aliens? Check robots and aliens! Although normally I’m not a big fan of aliens, the aliens just make this story better!
3. Eastern Commonwealth, Earthen Union
New Beijing. As a Chinese, or Taiwanese, I feel connected with this story. The characters’ surnames are so Chinese. Linh-jie means elder sister named Linh. On the other hand, Linh-mei means younger sister named Linh.
– the plot
Marissa added many interesting stuff into the original story, such as plague, high-tech, and aliens. The plot is well-built, very well-built.
– the writing
I like Marissa’s writing. Her writing is very delicate and beautiful. She depicted each character vividly.
What I Dislike About It
There’s nothing I dislike about the story itself; however, I have some problems with the typesetting.
– the font
I don’t know what this font is, but it makes me feel sleepy. How magical! I hated this font. The reason why I didn’t finish this book the first time was also due to the font. Good that this time I managed to see through the font.
– the paragraph
There’s just one paragraph in each chapter. I was hoping to see more paragraphs in a chapter, like…have a new paragraph when locations changed.
I don’t think I’m gonna say more about the recommendation. You probably all read this series. Well if you haven’t, give it a try. If you DNF it, give it a try one more time as I did. Maybe you’ll end up liking it!
That’s all for my second review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I hope you liked it.
Have you read this book? Let me know what you think.
Thanks for reading. I’ll see you next time! Bye bye 👋