Hey, guys! I’m back with another book review!
This time, I’m going to be talking about the first book in a New York Times Bestseller series, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer!
If you didn’t already see, I’m going to be reviewing Cinder! This is a really popular book, so I decided to just pick it up the first book in the series and see what all the hype is about.
Wanna see what I think about it? Keep reading.
Publication Date: January 3rd 2012
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Page Count: 387 pages
Series: The Lunar Chronicles series (#1)
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.
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.
Oh, the hype!
The whole Lunar Chronicles series has so much hype around it that I just couldn’t not read at least the first book!
It is a Sci-Fi, so it’s not really out of my comfort zone, so I don’t really know why I haven’t read this a long time ago.
I feel like that because of all the hype, that I’ll get disappointed by it, but that didn’t happen at all!
I got this book back in November of last year, but never really picked it up until now, which is such a shame, because I feel like I would’ve love to read this in the winter time. I don’t know why; I just have this feeling.
I think I was really attracted to this book because it’s a kind of retelling, which is a subgenre that I’ve never dabbled in, and because of the gorgeous cover! I’m serious! I don’t think there is a more intriguing cover than this!
I literally was so into this book that I finished it all in a single say. Just ate it up! UGH! I FUCKING LOVE THIS BOOK!
It’s just all the components of Sci-Fi put together into this amazing piece of art! Cyborgs, Aliens, a deadly illness, and a hot prince! How can you ask for more?!
Okay, now imagine Cinderella, but she’s a cyborg, and then imagine that the prince is extra hot. Add some aliens and an extra annoying stepmother, and you got Cinder!
Just kidding! Cinder is an amazing action, sci-fi, with traces of the original Cinderella story.
I think the whole idea of reading a book based on a well-known story just sounds so inviting. I think it’s because we already know and love, so it there is less of a chance that we’ll not like them. It’s kind of reassurance.
There is only one thing that I didn’t like about the book, and it’s kind of a love/hate relationship. Queen Levana. She’s really the evilest queen you’ll ever read about! She got on my nerves so much, just UGH! I’ll talk more about her in the character analysis part.
Other than that, there was nothing that really bugged me, there were some other characters, but other than that, nothing about the book that made me rip my hair out.
For the character analysis, I chose Cinder Linh (the main character), Prince Kai (Love Interest), Queen Levana (evil, annoying queen), Dr Demitri Erland, and Adri Linh (Cinder’s evil Step Mum).
First off, we have Cinder Linh. Mechanic. Cyborg. A girl who didn’t have a chance to choose…
She’s our main character, as you can tell from the title of the book. As I mentioned before, she’s a cyborg, which basically means that she has a large percentage of her body made up of metal and electronics. That’s kind of the simplest way to put it.
She’s just a normal mechanic in the New Beijing until the day Prince Kai comes to her shop asking her to fix his android. Does she like him? No. Does she fall for him? Yes. She falls for him like she sleeps: slowly at first, then all at once… (And yes I did just quote The Fault in Our Stars)
We get to see Cinder slowly fall in love with Prince Kai, and him reciprocating it. She never really flat out says it, or at least that’s how I remember it; she just kind of drops hints here and there.
We get to see her juggle trying to save her sister, Peony, from the deadly plague, helping Dr Erland to find a cure, and falling in love with Kai… But there is a lot more to discover about herself… A lot more…
She was adopted by her late ‘father’ when she was 11 from Europe to come and live with them in New Beijing, but when he passes away from the plague, she still has to live with her horrendous family, which I’ll be telling you about later.
Now we have Prince Kai, or by the end of the book Emporer Kai. He is our love interest for this book, and oh god! He might be the hottest, sweetest, dreamiest prince you’ll ever read about! He’s just beautiful!
He has to learn how to rule the kingdom because his father doesn’t have that much time left as he has been affected by the deadly plague, and he has to deal with the evil Queen Levana coming down to earth to seduce him into marrying her so she can take over Earth and the Moon. He has a lot on his plate as you can see.
He also has Cinder…
We get to see a lot of character growth with both Cinder and Prince/Emporer Kai, and a lot of self-discovery, too.
Next, we have Queen Levana! UGH! GOD! I HATE HER! SHE GOT ON MY NERVES SO MUCH! I think I got that point across.
She’s basically the queen of the moon and Lunars. I guess I have to mention what Lunars are because you’ll be hearing a lot about them throughout this whole book series. Lunars are the ‘creatures’ that live in on the moon under the power of Queen Levana. They’re basically aliens that have super cool powers to control your brain. The only thing/person I can compare them to is Kill Grave from the Jessica Jones TV show.
She is basically the creepiest, most annoying, evilest character ever. I literally had to take a break from reading because she just pissed me off so much.
She manipulates people into thinking that she’s beautiful by her ‘midn control’ powers that she has, which she uses to try to seduce Prince Kai into marrying her. But some lunars can actually see past her illusion.
Now off to Dr Demitri Erland. You’d think he’s not that important, but oh god, he is!
I first started off by hating his guts, literally wanted to kill the guy! But then about half way through the book you get to see his real intentions and why he did the things he did. BUT THEN! At the end of the book, you get to see everything about him and what he knows about Cinder and her past.
I don’t want to say too much because that will be spoiling it for you, but at the end, there’s a plot twist that I didn’t expect, and I can usually sense those coming along, so that’s saying a lot!
Lastly, I have Adri Linh, Cinder’s evil step mum. GOD! FUCK HER! JUST UGH! Her and Queen Levana might be my all time hated characters!
You remember how annoying Cinderella’s step-mother was? Yeah, just multiply that by 100, and there! You have Adri Linh!
She treats Cinder like shit, she gave her away to have the cure tested on her, which is basically a suicide mission, took away her only friend, didn’t let her go to the ball, and almost killed her thousands of times. Not to mention her irritating attitude!
No matter how much I rant about her, my hatred for her won’t be portrayed a hundred percent. And it’s not like she has a redeeming quality or anything, she literally is just a bitch. Period. End of Story.
I just wish I could reach into the book and just strangle the shit out of her, just stab her to death and gut her alive. She deserves everything that’s coming her way.
I GAVE THIS 5/5 STARS ON GOODREADS!