Saturday, December 31, 2011

(185)Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Pages: 400

Okay.  Grab a post it note and a pen.  Got it? Okay, now write this down: Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  Done?  Now RUN right out to the bookstore or grab your preferred reading device and BUY THIS BOOK!  I am absolutely shocked at how much I enjoyed this book and how much I found myself think of Cinder long after I finished reading.

Cinder is a new, creative twist on the old tale of Cinderella. Cinder is a teenage Cyborg (half robot half human, it's okay, I really didn't know either).  She lives in New Bejing sometime in the very far future.  She lives with the wife of the man who rescued her all those years ago and her two "step-sisters". She provides for her family as a mechanic, working on the Androids (robots, not phones) of the land.  The people of New Bejing are living in fear, not only do they fear the evil queen of Luna, but they also live in fear of deadly plague that is slowly wiping out the population. But they have one thing to look for, the Ball that the Prince will be throwing and everyone in the land is invited.  Unfortunately,  no matter how much she wants to go, Cinder will not be attending. Especially now that her sister, Peony, has taken ill.  But that may change after Cinder helps the Prince recover some very important data off of his old Android, or is it too late for Cinder to go to the ball?

Never in a million years did I think that this was a book that I was just going to fall in love with.  Androids? Cyborgs? Me? NEVER.  But Marissa Meyer has done an amazing job of breathing new life into a tale as old as time.  Cinder is a character who finds her way into your heart.  She just wants to be left alone and live her life in peace.  Unfortunately those in her life have no desire of leaving her alone. Throw in the threat of an evil Queen and a deadly plague and you really have a page turner that will entertain people of all ages.


Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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