Monday, January 2, 2012
Book Review- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Story- Cinder is a cyborg and in Cinder’s world people don’t like cyborgs. She is in the guardianship of a step mom and has two stepsisters. As the book begins, Cinder works as a mechanic, repairing androids and electronics. At work in her booth at the city market, Cinder is surprised when Prince Kai stops by to ask for help with his childhood robot.
Soon Cinder is pulled into the Prince’s world, though not by choice. When Cinder’s stepsister comes down with the plaque, her step mom sells Cinder to the city to use as a medical test subject. While at the palace labs, Cinder runs into Prince Kai again and soon learns of the political pressures he is under, including a proposed marriage to the evil Lunar queen, Levana.
Things go haywire at the palace and Cinder learns about her missing past and her upcoming future.
My Thoughts- A good retelling of the Cinderella fairytale with some added bonuses. The whole idea of Cinder’s secret past is a great subplot. It is kind of obvious who she is near the beginning of the book and you just have to wait for her to figure it out or in this case, be told. I also like the addition of an evil queen. Levana is known for being ruthless and is a danger to both Kai and Cinder. The idea that Lunar people have a way to brainwash people is interesting too. I’m looking forwards to Cinder developing powers of her own.
I think the best part about this new version of the tale is that book one doesn’t have a happy ending. Cinder will not become a princess right after the ball, in fact, she must flee for her own survival. The next book in the series is going to have to rely on an original plot and I think the author has ended book one in the perfect place to do just that.
This book is good for ages 8 and up. Kids will love the fairytale retold in the future and enjoy the new plot twists.