Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Today's review is on Marissa Meyer's debut novel Cinder, which is the first book in a 4-book series called the Lunar Chronicles. 

I first came across this book while browsing through Amazon's Kindle store. I found the cover intriguing, and once I read the summary of it I was intrigued by the concept but I was still a little bit wary of what it would actually be like. I was afraid that even though the summary made it sound exciting, I would be left disappointed. I bought the Kindle edition of it last year when it went on sale, and that way if I didn't like it, I would not feel to guilty about spending the money on it. However, it sat on my Kindle for almost a year before I read it. 

Evey time I tried to read it I kept thinking that I should just prepare myself for disappointment. In May, I decided to read it after finishing the Divergent trilogy. I LOVED Cinder!!!! It was a fantastic read, and usually I don't read Sci-Fi novels.This book had me hooked from beginning to the end, and when it was finished I knew I had to read the second book in this series. 

Cinder is a kind of Science Fiction retelling of Cinderella. It takes some time in the future on Earth after the 4th World War. The Earthen Union is in the middle of peace talks with the Lunar queen, Levana, who is the ruler of the population of Lunars, who are descendants of the humans that colonised the moon a couple centuries before the events of the novel. 

In this futuristic earth, the population consists of androids, cyborgs and humans. However, cyborgs are looked down upon as being less than human, and people have superstitions about them. The heroine, Cinder is one of these cyborgs, she also happens to be the best mechanic in New Beijing.When she meets Prince Kai, she doesn't realize that her whole life is about to change drastically in a matter of days.  

The author does a good job of describing various "new" things to the readers, but she does it such a way that it does not seem tedious or redundant. This is not a typical Cinderella story and even though there are a few things that are predictable, it is still a phenomenal read. It is also fast-paced even though it is like 400 page long. I can't wait to read the rest of this series, especially book 4 Winter, which comes out in November. I am also looking forward to reading future releases from Marissa Meyer. 

(Note: I have already finished Scarlet (Book 2) and I am busy listening to Cress (Book 3))

 This book gets 5 stars for being a great read, and for possibly converting me to the genre of Science Fiction. 

Happy Reading, 

Janelle 

P.S. If there are any books you think I should review let me know. 

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