“Broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”-Cinder by Marissa Meyer
📖 “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. When her life suddenly 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 worlds future.” 📖
This is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and it is an amazing reimagining of the classic Cinderella story. It was so unique and gripping that I couldn’t put it down and finished it in a day.
I loved Cinders character development- how her inner turmoil and growth was portrayed as she continuously finds out more truths about her past. She is a tough as nails character, but she is also flawed and that keeps her relatable. Since she is a cyborg she is judged differently and is extremely insecure and critical of herself. The part of her that I relate to the most is that she is confident in her skills as a mechanic, but lacks confidence in her social skills and her image. I think this is something that a lot of people struggle with.
Kai is a very intriguing character. He is the royal figure, and as such has to be perceived a certain way on the outside, yet he is also a flawed and vulnerable character. He is constantly wanting to do the right thing, but is sometimes at war between that and what he thinks he should do.
I did predict the ending about halfway through the book, but I felt it did not take away from my enjoyment of the story. I felt that it was reimagined to the point that if you didn’t know it was a retelling, you wouldn’t even guess that it was one until the middle/end of the book.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, dystopian, ya or fairytales. I will be reading and reviewing all of the stories in this series.