Monday, February 27, 2012
Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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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.
Now, with that being said. I LOVED Cinder! Marissa took a classic fairy tale that everyone in the world has heard at least once, I'm sure, and changed it so drastically that it was even more beautiful. I thought of it as a story loosly based off of Cinderella rather than a direct retelling. Maybe that's why it felt so different. And the sci-fi was amazing.
My favorite thing about this book is that it's a book for lovers of the future/technology as well as lovers of romance and fairy tales. I'll be honest. I was one of those Disney kids who grew up watching all the movies multiple times and still can't not sing along to "Be A Man" whenever I hear it. So coming back to the story of Cinderella (though quite different from Disney and the original story) was reminiscent of my childhood.
I loved that Cinder was an android and that was the reason she was an outcast from her family. Yet she still made a name for herself as the best mechanic in New Beijing. The setting was also pretty amazing. Now I've been to Beijing and thinking of how it would look in the future and how different it could be was an added bit of fun for me. I could visualize the places she wrote so descriptively and pretend I was there riding my hoverboard (Back to the Future).
And Prince Kai, oh Prince Kai. Of course the ladies love you and the people respect you. You're handsome and powerful and any girl in the Commonwealth would be lucky to have you. Now, let me have book two so I can find out what happens next!
About the Audiobook:
I heard really good things about this audiobook so I got it and listened to it in literally one day. I couldn't get enough of the story and the reader did such an amazing job of telling the story I could swear I was watching it when I closed my eyes. The reader, Rebecca Soler, has also done a few other YA audiobooks and I'm sure she did just as well with them as she did with Cinder's story. If you're in the mood for an audiobook, I highly suggest you try this one out!