Monday, August 27, 2012

[Review] Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the 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.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was really hooked onto this book as soon as I started reading it xD Even if you don't read the rest of this, know this: this book is amazing and you should read it as soon as possible xD

Here's the review ;)

About the Plot
I'm doing the plot before the characters because I have a lot of character sections >.> Basically Cinder is part of a world ravaged by a disease called letumosis*. She is "volunteered" by her evil guardian to be part of the cyborg draft (which is cyborgs on who the antidotes are tested on). She is the only cyborg who has ever survived this process, since in all other the disease kills them. She becomes part of the team fighting letumosis on volunteer basis and they are able to use her blood. She is also friends with Prince/Emperor Kai who is the heir/ruler of New Beijing, and she has connections with him. When the Lunars come to meet with Kai to make a treaty (of which their request/order is marriage) she runs into them, and starts learning about her past BEFORE her cybernetic operation, and the Lunar Queen's plan to rule the world. With what she learns about herself, she knows she is the only one able to stop Queen Levana.

This book is based really loosely on Cinderella, and it's probably better that way, because fairy-tale constraints would have hindered the story.

About the Ending
The ending was a cliffhanger, of course, and I really want to know what happens next. Cinder was awesome, and they just left it there D:

About the Main Character
Cinder is a really strong girl, considering that she was able to survive the events of the book xD She survived many things others couldn't, even though she is always laughed at for being a cyborg. Being the breadwinner for the family wasn't easy on her, but it helps that she is the “best mechanic in New Beijing." Also her adoptive family is horrible -_- The man who adopted her died soon after, and his wife is terrible to her. All the money Cinder makes is deposited into the wife's account- she is not able to keep it. Also, because she's a cyborg she can read others ID chips (everyone has one in order to be identified), knows when people are lying because of small signs such as a change in breathing, heart rate, etc. She's also able to do things such as increasing or decreasing how much noise she hears, which is helpful when she's in a really loud or really quiet place.

About the Love Interest
The love interest is Prince/Emperor Kai (depending on what part of the book you're at), and he's pretty cool. His father died from letumosis (more about that below) and he's pretty strong/independent. He is able to (mostly) recover from the Lunar's magic, which is not something everyone can do. He's cool also because he accepts cyborgs, and doesn't think them as below him (which most people do).

About the Lunars...
Lunars  evolved from an Earthen moon colony centuries ago, but so aren't human anymore, and basically rule the moon. They are able to manipulate bioelectric energy (which is the energy that is naturally created by all living things). They can both detect and control another's bioelectric energy. You see what the want you to see, do what they want you to do, and feel what they want you to feel. This is how Lunars keep control. The only people who can ignore the ability are shells (Lunars who cannot manipulate bioelectric energy). Shells are executed while they are still an infant on Luna (the moon, basically). Some parents send their Shell children to Earth to save them, but very few do. The Lunar shells are where letumosis came from- they carried the disease down to Earth and spread them to the humans. 

Letumosis- that disease that keeps on being repeated
Letumosis is a deadly disease that came from Luna. Lunar shells carried it to Earth when they tried to escape Luna, and although it didn't affect them, it spread to "Earthens". There are four stages, and it is also called the blue plague since they turn blue. Symptoms that show the disease are that the skin is marked with bruise like spots.

About the Setting
I usually don't have a setting section.  Here's what it says in one section of the book.. 
"126 years ago, the nightmare and catastrophe that was the Fourth World War ended, and the Eastern Commonwealth was born. It grew out of the unification of many peoples, many cultures, many ideals. It was strengthened by a single enduring belief that together, we as one people are strong. We have the ability to love each other, no matter our differences. To help each other, no matter our weaknesses. We chose peace over war. Life over death. We chose to crown one man to be our sovereign, to guide us, to uphold us—not to rule, but to serve." New Beijing (the place where it the book takes place currently) is in Asia.

The Next Book in this series is SCARLET. It comes out February 5, 2013. 
It is based on Little Red Riding Hood.

The third book comes out in 2014 and is called CRESS. 
It's based on Rapunzel, and the setting is the moon.

The fourth and last book comes out in 2015 and is called White. 
It's based on Snow White, and the setting is the Sahara Desert.

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