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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

GUEST REVIEW: Cinder - Marissa Meyer

Tuesday, 20 January 2015
GENRE: YA/Fantasy/Fairytale
PAGES: 400
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 4.5 Stars

A forbidden romance. A deadly plague. Earth's fate hinges on one girl ...CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation. Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future. This is not the fairytale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.

Everyone loves fairytales and ‘Cinder’ is loosely based on the story of Cinderella. It has all of the iconic things that make up Cinderella (a horrible stepmother and a cruel stepsister, a ball and a swoon-worthy prince) but there are some pretty big twists, and I absolutely love a twisted fairytale (hence my obsessions with things like Once Upon a Time.) I love the way that Marissa Meyer took a story I already knew and loved and made me love it even more!

“She was a cyborg, and she would never go to a ball.”

I’m not normally a sci-fi fan so the idea of androids and cyborgs admittedly put me off this book, but these elements were weaved so effectively into the story that I felt used to them. I surprisingly grew to like the technological sides to the book and I particularly liked reading about how society doesn’t accept cyborgs and thinks they are lesser beings and it felt so relatable (even though we don’t have robots wandering around in this day and age!

“I don’t know. I don’t actually remember anything from before the surgery.”
His eyebrows rose, his blue eyes sucking in all the light of the room. “The cybernetic operation?”
“No, the sex change.”
The doctor’s smile faltered.
“I’m joking.”

Admittedly I found this book very predictable and I think Marissa Meyer gives the reader too many clues, so some of the shocking revelations in this book had a lesser effect on me. Nevertheless I still really enjoyed the story and the predictability didn’t stop me from falling in love with this series! In fact it made me happy because I usually fail at guessing the plot!

There was just so much going on in that book! Struggles with family, freedom, royalty and government and the plague and all sorts and DAMN IT WAS JUST SO GOOD!

I wouldn’t give this book a full five stars because I think the next books in the series have the potential to be even better (‘Scarlet’ certainly was!) but I’d probably give it 4.5 stars because it was pretty amazing!

- Priya.

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