March 6, 2012

Review: Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Life in New Beijing is chaotic to say the least. There is a plague that is decimating the population including the emperor. His young son Prince Kai is now faced with becoming a ruler before he is ready. For Cinder life as a cyborg who is hated by her step month and one of her step-sisters is difficult to say the least. But throw in the complication of her beloved step-sister catching the plague and her step-mother volunteering her for medical testing and now Cinder’s life is completely turned upside down. But when Prince Kai walks in to Cinder’s life she has no idea that her whole existence is going to be absolutely shaken to the core.

At first glance it looks like Cinder is just another re-telling of Cinderella with a sci-fi twist but there are so many more aspects of this story that make it a whole new and fresh adventure. About the only similarities are the evil step-mother and step-sister. Cinder is an endearing character and I like that way she accepts what was handed to her while working to change her circumstances.

The only reason I couldn’t give this one 5 stars is that it was a little predictable but I find that to be the case with most YA books I read. Cinder is book one of The Lunar Chronicles series and I highly anticipate the next installment. I recommend this one for anyone who loves YA.


bermudaonion said...

I think YA books are predictable for us because we've read more and experienced more - they're probably not as predictable for teens. I have a feeling my sister would love this.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I hate books that are TOO predictable, but I suppose if they are done well the rest of the time, it's okay. Thanks for the review. I've heard good things!