Hey, book lovers.
I have so many books to discuss, now. I really can’t wait to get through them all. I went to visit family in Milton Keynes for this weekend, and back home, I finally finished reading one of the books I’ve been wanting to read for a while- Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
It’s young adult fantasy, a novel based on the fairytale of Cinderella, but it’s set in a completely new world, in a country called New Bejing. Our main protagonist, Cinder, is a cyborg, living under the control of her stepmother, the wife of the man who had taken her in as an orphan, and her two stepsisters, Pearl and Peony.
I loved the way this story was brought out, and the ways in which it related back to the fairytale at heart. Cinder is a mechanic, working for her keep, until one day, the prince comes to her and asks her, the country’s best mechanic, to fix his android. There is a big, futuristic feel to this book- the citizens wear ID chips, controlled androids do their work for them, and technology is advanced. Their main issues are a plague that has set upon the world, called Letumosis, which takes four stages to kill. Cinder’s guardian was killed by this plague, and her sister soon contracts the disease, when she follows Cinder to the scrap heap, where she has gone to look for parts for an old car, for Adri, her stepmother.
Cinder is sent off, as a cyborg, to be tested upon, and discovers that she won’t die from the disease, because she is immune. There, the prince continues to court her, but not wanting him to know what she really is, she refuses. He asks her several times, to be his guest to the ball.
At the same time, the evil queen of Luna, the moon country, is trying to take her place as Empress of the Commonwealth, so that she can persuade the country to do as she requests, with her strange, persuasive abilities.
Cinder is forced to find a cure to the disease, with the help of Dr. Erland, who she discovers is another Lunar, who has chosen not to use his skills in the way the queen has. He reveals to her, through her blood research, that she is from Luna, and she knows it is the truth, as she has never known her early life. The queen and her thaumaturges believe it when they see her, but it becomes known that she is also the true heir.
If you enjoy fantasy and sci-fi novels, I would recommend this book. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
For now, happy reading!