Author: Marissa Meyer Genre: , , , , ,

Cinder is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles. It is a twist on the story of Cinderella, and takes place in the future, in New Beijing. The main character is a 16-year-old cyborg mechanic called Cinder. She was adopted when she was 11 years old with no memory of her old life, and lives with her mean step-mother, Adri, and her two step-sisters. When Peony, one of her step-sisters and also her best friend, falls sick with the plague, Cinder is blamed and Adri volunteers her to be sent for plague testing—something no one survives. But when Cinder gets to the hospital, her doctor, Dr. Erland, finds something special about Cinder, something that says she is more than just a cyborg. When Queen Levana, the evil Lunar Queen, comes to make a “peace treaty” with earth, Cinder is in even more danger because she is immune to the Lunars’ brainwashing powers, meaning that now Queen Levana sees her as a threat and wants to kill her. Lunars are a species that began on the moon, and can brainwash other people into seeing, hearing, thinking, and doing whatever the Lunar wants, against the person’s will. They make people think they are beautiful, wondrous creatures when actually they are not. Dr. Erland and Cinder start to meet privately to try to find a cure for the plague. Between that, and avoiding the Lunar Queen at all costs, while also juggling her feelings for Prince Kai, the wrath of her stepmother, and Peony’s illness, Cinder’s life becomes a mess. At the end of the book, everything unravels very quickly, leaving the reader with a cliff-hanger ending. I really enjoyed reading Cinder. From the minute I started reading it I was stuck on the couch for the entire day, immediately sucked into Cinder’s world. It was pretty predictable about half-way through of who Cinder really was. But even so, I liked Cinder from the beginning, and I liked how Prince Kai was so nice to her and not stuck-up at all. In one word, Cinder was gripalicious and I definitely give it two thumbs up.

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