I read Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, for the 2018 Reading Challenge #42, a cyberpunk book. I’m not entirely sure if this book is “punk” enough to fit the category, but I don’t really care. I’ve been excited to read it for quite some time, and I was really glad to find a place for it on my reading list this year.
From the title, it’s not hard to figure out this is a Cinderella retelling. Cinder is a human/cyborg hybrid, adopted into a family with two other young girls. The father has already died before the book opens, leaving Cinder at the mercies of a stepmother and stepsisters who don’t really want her around. But Cinder just might have the key to finding a cure to a plague decimating the people of Earth. And maybe she can help prevent the people of Earth from being enslaved by those of Luna.
I loved this book beginning to end. Cinder is wonderful. Despite all the obstacles before her, she knows what she wants out of life, she’s realistic in her goals, and isn’t afraid to do what’s necessary to achieve them, even if it means running away. Cinder moves this story forward. Yes, there are things that happen that are outside her control, but she responds to them in her own way. She decides which direction to turn when life interferes.
This isn’t to say it’s a perfect book without a single flaw. I does have flaws. The most glaring one for me was Prince Kai’s somewhat naive tendency to trust others rather quickly, and his emotions run a little too close to the surface. Though he is young, he is still the heir to one of Earth’s greatest empire. One would think he’d have been better trained from birth to have greater control over himself, especially when his actions could have significant political ramifications.
Cinder was a lot of fun to read. I will definitely be seeking out the rest of this series as well as other books by Marissa Meyer. I’m delighted that I’ve found a new favorite author.