Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This is such a popular book and has had many great reviews, but I put it off for a while as it didn’t immediately appeal to me as the blurb really doesn’t do the book justice. If you know me then you would know that I love books that are royalty based and this one really did not disappoint.
“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 book starts off with Cinder working as a mechanic and her relationship with her sisters and Iko. Clearly Cinder and her stepsister Pearl do not get on at all. As this book is a retelling, Pearl is definitely the stereotypical “ugly stepsister” minus the ugly part. Whereas Peony and Cinder get along like true sisters. Cinder was taken in by Adri as she had promised her late husband that she would be her guardian. But because Cinder is a cyborg, she is seen differently to the average person in New Beijing. Adri also owns an android, Iko, who connects with Cinder and are very close. I love Iko’s character and her humanoid features like her love for shoes ribbons and adoration for (at the time,) Prince Kai who then went on to become Emperor Kai. In this novel, there has been an outbreak of a disease called, leutomosis. Leutomosis has four stages each of them being more fatal than the other, resulting in a definite death. Cinder however is immune to this, which makes her suitable for defeating it.
The start of Cinder’s involvement with the defeating of leutomosis, is when the crown Prince Kai went to visit Cinder’s booth to fix his own personal android. She hides the fact that she is a cyborg and she willingly takes on this task. He is more than caring to her and she feels included for the first time in a while. A while later, there is an outbreak of the plague and only one citizen was affected and taken into a quarantine zone. As protocol, all are evacuated into a specific zone. Further into the story, Cinder goes to a junkyard looking for a certain piece for Adri and Peony insisted on coming with Cinder and contracted the plague she was then quarantined. This leaded Adri to then volunteer Cinder for testing cyborgs in finding a treatment for leutomosis. She had no say in this and as taken by androids to the palace to start her testing. Further along the story we learn that Kai is seeking the lost princess of Lunar, Selene. This is to avoid the marriage to the queen of the lunars, Levana. Lunars are beings with magic like powers including glamours. The princess Selene was said to have been burnt and has been lost ever since. I won’t go too much into the plot but I really enjoyed the ending but as soon as Kai mentioned that he was to seek the princes Selene and the fact that Cinder didn’t know her parents, immediately made me think that Cinder is Selene and I was not wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked this ending, but it was really predictable. I feel like this review is a little jumbled but I know that a lot of people have already read the Lunar Chronicles. There is obviously a lot more to this book, but I didn’t exactly know what to go into!
Until next time,
M xx


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