Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: 1/3/2012
Standalone or series: 1st in the Lunar Chronicles
Rating: 5 stars
Summary taken from Goodreads: 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.
Review: This book rocked my world! I am a huge sucker for a twist on classic fairytales or stories in general. I liked that the story incorporated the classic story of Cinderella, the Hot Zone, cyborgs, Asian culture, some star wars type stuff, and of course had a matrix spin to it. I really, really, really liked the female protagonist Cinder. She was strong, independent, genuine, kind, funny, and smart. She really did care about her family especially her sister Peone and her android friend Iko, whom she would do anything to save. Despite all of her struggles with being a cyborg and therefore a second class citizen, unveiling the earth shattering secrets of her past, trying to win her freedom from stepmother who owns her due to her cyborgness, and trying to avoid a murderous Lunar queen she still thinks of others and puts their needs above her own. There was no wishing on a star in this story, oh no! and certainly no fairy godmothers to turn pumpkins into carriages. Cinder was the one who made everything happen and was certainly not a damsel in distress. I just love strong female characters!!!!!!!!!!!
I like the little bit of romance that sort of sizzled under the surface between Cinder and Prince Kai, it was very believable. After all the two only know each other a whopping two or three weeks over the course of the novel. There was no love at first sight just simply admiration between the two people because well Kai is a prince after all and Cinder is a renowned mechanic. This respect blossomed into a sort-of friendship that was formed out of necessity and then turned slightly flirtatious. It is obvious the two have romantic feelings for each other but it is not the main focus of the story.
The supporting characters were also very well done! I really felt emotions for them anger and hate for the stepmother and the other stepsister (not Peone) who did not like Cinder, revulsion for the Lunar Queen, pity for Prince Kai who has an awful lot on his plate throughout the novel, and of course sympathy and respect for Cinder who kept her head held high throughout everything.
The ending did leave off on quite the cliffhanger so I will be devouring Scarlet soon (just checked it out from the library yesterday!). 5 stars and two thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!