Wednesday, March 21, 2018

From the shelf: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Title: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Date read: March 20-21, 2018
Dawn Rates:  (3.5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth's fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

I'm finally back and I missed this.

I didn't know what took me so long to finally read this series but I'm glad I did give it a chance. Hey, better late than never right? I would've easily given this 4 stars but the book's progress was a slow burn for me so I gave this 3 1/2 stars.

This is a re-telling of a popular fairy tale infused with elements of the science fiction and dystopian genre. It awed me how the author re-vamped Cinderella into a cyborg mechanic and how she made me curse the stepmother again and love one of Cinder's stepsisters dearly, though I was a bit heartbroken towards the middle. Yes, this was a slow burn for me because maybe I expected too much for the introductory novel that would somehow warp me into a world where I would anticipate the next installment of the series. I am also a bit glad that the middle part caught my attention and though there were scenes where I easily knew who Princess Selene was, it still made me turn the page fast. I loved how the author did build up the story. I hope I could see more of Dr. Erland's backstory and somehow I have this feeling that his daughter Crescent Moon will be vital to the series I hope though that when Kai and Cinder would meet again, there would be no resentment. I tried so hard not to read any spoilers regarding the next books of the series in order to have the element of surprise and now I can't wait to get my hands on the 2nd book.

Till the next read...

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