Thursday, May 10, 2012

Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles

By Marissa Meyer
3.5 / 5 Gnomes

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.

~Amazon Description~

Gone are the talking mice, bumbling step-sisters, and sing-songy Cinderella from Disney.  Hello Cinder!  Not only is she a cyborg, but she's a cyborg with a very interesting past.  I do believe this is my first book featuring a genetically altered semi-robot female protagonist.

In fact, I think my only previous experience with cyborgs have been on the silver screen, Cyborgs (1989) starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the 80s classic Terminator.  I should probably point out here that I have a deep affection for cheesy 80s movies.

But coming back to Cinder, the girl is pretty much made of awesome.  She's part robot, which she thinks is a shame because cyborgs are kind of shunned by the rest of the population, but come on, she can hide things in her bionic leg and stop mindless androids with a single punch.

There are definitely moments that harken back to the fairy tale we are all familiar with, but Meyer's take on the classic is refreshing, fast-paced, and definitely not pink-princess girly.  New Beijing is filled with a mixture of new and fantastical and is a welcome addition to not only the scifi/fantasy genre, but to the fairytale retellings flooding the publishing world and movie theaters.

Can't wait for book two!!

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