Title: Cinder (Book 1 in the Lunar Chronicles)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (US)/ Penguin (UK) (Jan 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. . . .I had been waiting in anticipation for months ever since I spotted the cover of Cinder on a fellow blogger's site. The whole idea of a cyborg Cinderella really appealed to me. I was suprised to find it so soon after its release (we South Africans usually have to wait a bit before new books can be found in our stores, but this seems to be improving).
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.
I devoured Cinder in four hours, most of which was on a flight between Johannesburg and George. I COULD not put it down.
Cinder herself is a spunky heroine, the romance is deliciously understated and the plot has ample twists to keep even the reluctant reader turning pages. I found no fault in Cinder's world and the technological and mechanical details were wonderfully executed. The dialogue is snappy, realistic and consistant for each character.
As a side note, the chapter headings and cover are stunning. I adore the presentation of the book. It is timeless. I really hope they keep the look of the covers for the next installements and not change the design, as many publishers are prone to doing.
Cinder is the first in a four book series which will go as follows:
2. Scarlet (2013)
3. Cress (2014)
4. Winter (2015)
I have read on several sites that Scarlet is going to focus on a new character and be based on Red Riding Hood, which means that the other two books would very probably be based on other fairy tales too. I am sad that the wait between each installement is so long! Why do publishers and authors torture us readers so? Why?