Synopsis from publisher -
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. Shes 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, 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 worlds future.
My thoughts -
Okay, I've really had a string of great reads lately, and I sure hope it keeps going. Cinder has been on the fringes of my awareness since it came out last year, and so I was happy to grab a copy at the library. I'm a sucker for a good fairy tale retelling, and when they author makes the story this fun it's just a bonus.
Cinder is certainly a young adult novel - it has the pacing and conflict, the forbidden romance and world-shifting struggle that seem to be the hallmarks of much YA literature currently available. I could see much of what was coming quite a ways ahead, and nothing too much surprised me. That said, this novel was a LOT of fun to read. Meyer's characters sparkle, and her unique twists on an incredibly familiar story made it feel very modern and fresh. I was pleased to see her take on issues such as race and class, and her treatment of these issues was thoughtful and clear.
Cinder appears to be the first in a series, and I am definitely on board for the whole ride. Meyer kept me turning pages from the start, and I can't wait to see what she has in store for Little Red Riding Hood next!
Finished - 1/20/13
Source - South Side library
MPAA rating - PG for violence and some adult situations
My rating - 8/10