Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I have been hearing the buzz about Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, all over the web and the fairy tale communities, so if you've already read this, just squee with me for a bit, okay? And if you haven't -- I would say the buzz is not overrated.

This is the story of Cinderella, except it's told in way-future China, in a community where cyborgs are ostracized for being less-than-human, androids are all over the place, and the lunar colonists have become their own species. And if that wasn't fun enough, Cinder is a cyborg mechanic who just happens to be the only person who can fix Prince Kai's broken android.

There's plenty of political intrigue and rich world building in this one -- it's not just a gimmicky Cinderella retelling. There were a couple times when I thought the writing was a little off, but not enough to distract from the story or the characters.

This is well worth a read, and if you don't believe me, the first 5 chapters are free for kindle, so you can check them out for yourself. (Even if you don't have a kindle you can read them on your computer.)

One note of warning: this is the first book of a trilogy and definitely one that ends on a cliffhanger. I am curious to see if Meyer will incorporate other stories in the other books of the trilogy, as well as being curious as to just what will happen in the world itself.


  1. Hey, good recommendation! I thoroughly enjoyed the setting, the characters, the action.

    I suspect part two will be out someday, eh? Meanwhile, I had a moment where I wondered how many other novels she'd written. What a shock to discover this is her first published book.

  2. I had planned on reading this upon it's release. I even bought the book. However, I started to read all these hyped up reviews, and it kind of turned me off. So I placed said book into the dreaded TBR pile and haven't picked it up since. Now that I've read your review and the hype has died down a bit, I might pick it up. I'm just kind of weird that way. :P

  3. You could always wait for all four books to come out and read them straight through! :D