Monday, October 29, 2012

Jen's Thoughts: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Published: January 3, 2012
Feiwel and Friends, hardcover, 387 pages
Source: Tara
GoodReads Summary: 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. 

Sweet baby Jesus, it's about time I come across a book that ravages my brain, sweeps me away to the altar, and carries me over the threshold of HECK EFFING YES. Firstly, I want to thank Marissa Meyer for one of the few five star books I've read in 2012. Things were looking grim, but I have faith that the remainder of 2012 will be awesome.

Cinder is my GIRL. She is the most hardcore cyborg I've ever read about, despite this is my first cyborg novel. She has personality and attitude and a backbone of steel. I'm talking figurative and literal (well, metal.) And she has been dealt a rough hand (which is also metal.) Enough with the puns. My heart ached for this girl. Marissa Meer can write a heck of a heroine, as well as a villain. And villains are plentiful. Not only her evil wench of a step-mother and step-sister, but also a horrible, unavoidable virus that ends lives quicker than you can say bibbity-bobbity-boo. Did I mention the queen of the entire MOON has it out for her, too? I could not help but want to make everything okay for Cinder. Not that she needs anyone's help.

The moments between Cinder and Prince Kai (SIGH!) were so, so heartfelt. And hilarious. And sweet. All of it. But this is not just a mushy book about love. There's also a deadly plague that not only breaks my heart with the victims it claims, but also, as a medical professional, freaks me out and makes me want to wash my hands a lot. And I already wash my hands a lot. And perhaps wear airborne contact isolation gear on the daily.

I can't even explain to you the cliffhanger. Luckily, Scarlet comes out very shortly and I was lucky enough to be able to borrow an advanced copy from an amazing blogger. But you know what that means? EVEN LONGER excruciating wait for book three. Expect my review of Scarlet in the next couple weeks.

And Marissa Meyer? I could hug you. If I ever meet you, I WILL.

Other Bloggers' Thoughts


  1. i know right, i love love love this booK! so glad i found it, and the wait for Scarlet might kill me. great review!

    Katie @ Inkk

  2. You get to borrow an ARC of Scarlet? Oh, my sweet lucky blogger, how I wish I was you right now Jen. More than normal. Because you're awesome, but now you became someone awesome with a copy of the next book in the Lunar Chronicles. Cinder is such an excellently formulated story, it's such a mishmash of different elements that it makes it completely unique! I'm so fired up that you've read it now and gushing can be had.

  3. I cannot WAIT for Scarlet. CANNOT. WAIT.

  4. I freaking loved this one. I LOVE it when an author is awesome enough to take a well-loved story and step the heck out of the box and blow my mind.

  5. i have always wanted to read this book.

  6. Kai was one of my favorite male characters of the year-just such a sweetheart and loyal and brave. A great guy! Very interested to see how he and Cinder will be incorporated in Scarlet, which I believe will also introduce a Little Red Riding Hood character?

  7. Cinder is the fricken bomb. I LOVE THAT CYBORG GIRL SO HARDDDD AHHHH.


    And I want to drop my current reading commitment (the Breathless Reads fall 2012 box set) to read Scarlet. AHH.

  8. I COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY SECOND YOUR THOUGHTS. I absolutely ADORED Cinder. It was an amazing book, and Marissa Meyer is just AWESOME. I've already read Scarlet, thanks to the generosity of another book blogger, and it is just as spectacular! So glad you liked this one.

  9. I've read AWESOME reviews for this book! I bought it a long while ago and tried to read it the other week but got way too distracted to get into it. I will try again!!

    Great review!