My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My daughter pretty much devoured this series. She loved it so much that I ended up giving her the first two paperbacks, and bought the Kindle versions for myself.
She also kept telling me that I had to read the series. Soooo, I finally read the first book. And it's amazing! She was right. :)
Cinder is an insanely clever and unique retelling of Cinderella. It's a futuristic story with some awesome worldbuilding. I really got a kick out of the Sci-Fi elements. And because I'm a sucker for robots of any kind, of course I was hooked!
The clash of cultures was so interesting. Loved that this was set in New Beijing! The descriptions were so vivid that I felt like I was there.
Cinder is a mechanic. She's also a cyborg. And she lives with her (bitch of a) stepmother and two stepsisters. I really liked Peony, but the other two made me super angry.
Anyway, she's happy fixing and building stuff in her market stall, with her friend Iko. She was a lovely android, btw. But all that changes the day Prince Kai visits her stall. It's also the day that the plague hits the square. Oh, and the day Cinder's life takes a turn that will lead her to loss, pain, and a bunch of intense revelations.
Wow. This book was addictive. Once I got started I didn't want to put it down.
I also loved that even though this is an awesome spin on a well-known classic story, Marissa Meyer still managed to keep the heart of the story. Cinder was kind and thoughtful, loyal and caring... a good person even after the cruel way she's been treated.
Prince Kai was cool, Iko was awesome, and Dr. Erland was very interesting. Plus I totally know who he is. ;)
Also, the Lunar angle is so intriguing...
Looking forward to the rest of the series!