Cinder - Marissa Meyer

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Summary (from goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived.

But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

Edition Read: Audiobook via Overdrive from my local library
Where (else) to buy: kobo*, google play, amazon*, nook*

I wrote this review TWICE. I am not entirely sure what happened, but the first one disappeared. I think I accidentally overwrote it with next week's review. Unfortunately, I did not have a saved copy so I had to start from scratch. I think I hit all the same points I did in the original.

The world was intriguing. I would not tote it as a "cyberpunk" world, but more of a cyberpunk meets medieval setting. It also encompasses the whole world and this particular one is set in Asia. It was interesting and I liked it.

Granted, it is a fairy tale retelling and some predictability is expected. We know Cinderella and the Prince are or will be into each other. We know there is some kind of ball (or "ball like event"). She will be prevented from going, but gets there anyway. And, most importantly, a shoe is lost as she flees. I'm okay with that.

What I'm talking about was, maybe(?), supposed to be subtle foreshadowing for things differing from the traditional stories, but was actually heavy handed and obvious. If you find yourself asking, "Does this mean what I think it means?". The answer here is always yes.


If you're into fairy tale retellings and/or YA novels, but don't mind blatantly obvious plot devices, you may enjoy this book. I liked it enough that I will be reading the second one at some point.

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