I'm horrified with myself that I've only just started this series. I've had people recommending it for years and for some ridiculous reason I never picked it up. I think the blame lies on the years of the 'Jar of Shame' that helped me pick my next read. Since I've got rid of that I've been reading so much more.
Where to start. Basically, Cinder is a cyborg. She's one of the most renowned mechanics in all of New Beijing but no one would really want to go to her if they knew she was a cyborg. When she was young she had a near-fatal accident that led to her limbs and body being melded with metal in order to survive, and she's not the one person to have undergone such a procedure. For some reason, this makes them a pariah in society. Barely even human.
The story begins with us meeting Cinder who has swiftly become one of my favourite female characters within the YA genre. She's given a destiny she doesn't want, the power she doesn't want and a label she truly doesn't deserve. In this midst of all this, she still tries to do the right thing, even if it puts her in danger. Her complexity as a character is furthered by the interactions with those around her. She clearly dotes on her sister Peony and her android friend Iko displaying her caring nature. Then she loathes her stepmother and other sister Pearl, who she can be very cruel too. Admittedly, they deserve it. They are horrendous to her. Are we seeing the Cinderella comparison yet?
The novel follows a lot of the general plot of Cinderella but twists it to fit an overall larger narrative. One that had me on the edge of my seat all the way through and the ending had me in tears. I was an emotional wreck. Much to the joy of all the people that have been telling me to read this for absolute ages. Oh and there's a plague as well. Did I forget to mention that? Millions dying and as yet no cure. Talk about high stakes!
Oh, and I really like Prince Kai. I hope he's going to be okay. I know this is probably a futile hope. Check back to see how I fared reading about him in Scarlet.
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Puffin Books
Have you read Cinder?
What did you think?
Thank you for reading,