Friday, April 13, 2012

Cinder: Sci-Fi meets fantasy

By Marissa Meyer

Hardcover, 387 pages
Feiwel and Friends, January 3, 2012

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.

This is the second book reviewed in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, hosted by the Story Siren.

The setting takes place in the future. The story begins with learning the sci-fi take on the future. It kind of threw me a bit that fantasy was incorporated as well into the book. I actually didn't like that as much but the story itself was very entertaining and I could imagine this future society.

With the limited time I have to read I found this to be yummy eat. I accepted the world Meyer created (even though my sister later pointed out possible flaws-her review to come) and could imagine it. I don't understand all the magical parts of the book, but it held my interest. (I will admit that maybe 20 pages at the end of the book I skimmed just to get the gist of what was happening.) But I guess I'm impatient/lazy!

Content Advisory: If I can remember, Cinder is nude but covered on an operating table. Nothing graphic. Clean language.

Rated: 5 zombie bites. I plan to read the next in the series.

Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles is available in bookstores everywhere.

Need to taste before you devour? The first 5 chapters are available free for the kindle here.

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