In a Word: Magnificent
Publication Date: Jan 3 2012
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): 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.
In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.
My Review: I was hooked with this book from the beginning. The cover? Simply spell-binding! The premise? Original and totally gripping! I love reading fairytale retellings that add depth and complexity to my favorite stories, but this is over. the. top. awesome.
How can I explain this without turning into a squealing fangirl? I can't. So I'll try and keep it brief. Basically Ms. Meyers writing is all encompassing. It felt natural, the story she told, and it was so easy to assimilate into her futuristic world with people who live on the moon and cyborgs and androids part of everyday life.
Cinder was so real to me. As a protagonist I felt she was very easy to sympathize with, enjoy, and follow. This isn't your regular ashes ashes Cinderella story, but very uniquely its own and it fits so well!
Just to warn you, things don't resolve. I was expecting this to tie up all nicely in one novel and the other lunar chronicles to maybe, hopefully, be about something else. Nope! We are just going to have to sit here and suffer, waiting for the next book to come out. We all know how the classic story ends, but this one has so much added depth and complexity to it that use make it so.....amazing!
If you are a fan of fairytales, a fan of good writing, a fan of good storytelling, a fan of cute romances, this is the book for you! (I'll have to not let my sister read it though....she gets quite cross with me when I get her hooked on a series that isn't all published yet....oh well)!
PS- my favorite version of Cinderella is the movie 'Ever After' with Drew Barrymore. I was secretly hoping that this book would have some of that in it...and it did! Whether it's just me being silly, I felt that a scene at the end of the book bore some resemblance and the doctor reminds me of the role Da Vinci played. I'm still holding out for the Gypsies to make an appearance though!