Review – Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Title : Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author : Marissa Meyer
Publisher : Feiwel & Friends
Published : January 2012
Page : 390 pages
My Rating : 3.5/5

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.

Thought on This Book :

Cinderella in metal leg? Why not?!

The Lunar Chronicles was one series which I ignored for some time being. I saw the books in many of booktubers’ videos and also book blogs I follow but I didn’t really have desire to read them because a) I expect this series would be another typical pararom b) the hype pushed my skeptical side out.

That was until I read one quick summary by wordsweheart about the chronicles.

The Lunar Chronicles are the retelling of classics fairy tale set in future where cyborgs, automachines, androids and Lunar colonies exist. Respectively Cinderella in Cinder, Little Red Riding Hood in Scarlet, and Rapunzel in Cress.

Retelling of fairy tales. I’m totally sold by that sentence. Yeah, I’m just a good sucker for fairy tale I won’t decline any form of them. So that’s sentence alone could convince me to acquire my copy of the first book in the chronicles from online bookstore.

Cinder, the first book of this chronicles, is a retelling of Cinderella but not your ordinary Cinderella story. Yes, Cinder also has stepmother and stepsisters but one of her stepsisters is so nice her name is Peony. She also worked as mechanic to supply the household under torture of her step-mother. She also has the prince. But wayyyy much cooler because she’s half-cyborg, which is meaning that half of her body constructed by machines. So she had this interesting programming things in her head, and she can detect when a person is lying to her. That’s so cool!

The story set in New Beijing, in the timeline of the Third Era (The book refer second era as our era now). New Beijing is capital city of Eastern Commonwealth under the ruling of The Emperor. But the Emperor is sick by the plague and dying. The plague also spread throughout the world, and there’s also war threat from the Lunars, which is the residents of the moon (Luna) and it’s queen our villain, Queen Levana (based on the Wicked Queen from Snowhite).

The Lunars are very unique creatures. They’re humans, but with super enchanting gift resulted from gene mutation. The Lunars can modified and control bioelectricity to implant thoughts into other people’s heads. The book claimed that this is similar to sharks bioelectric impulses but I don’t know whether if that’s relevant but it’s still interesting anyway.

Though the plot and all are interesting, I found that the pace of the story is too draggy. The plot twist in the end isn’t that much helping (if that could be called as plot-twist. I’m not sure), because, hello? It could be placed in the middle of the story and proceeding to more cool actions of our cyborg heroine. And also, Cinder character isn’t much developing. Maybe it’s due to this is only the first book. We should expect that the following books will be better, in terms of story and also the character’s development.

Other than that, Iko (Cinder’s personal android) was hella funny fellow. Prince Kai is one cool prince. Queen Levana is just wicked in her own way. And anything else just good. I expected many romance sparks here so I’ve already anticipated it before I read this book. But really, the romance wasn’t that cheesy as I expected. Some are too sweet, but others are fine.

I suppose I enjoyed this book enough for looking forward to read the other books in this chronicles.





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