"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything."

~ Edward Cullen

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: Cinder

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Listening Time: 10 hrs and 6 minutes
Challenges: None
Rating: 4/5

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

When this book was first released, I had checked it out from the library, but never got around to reading it before it was due.  When I found out that the next book in the series was being released, I decided to download it from Audible.com and give it a try.  I'm sorry that I waited for as long as I did to read Cinder.

This book was completely out of my normal range of reading material, but despite that, I really enjoyed it.  I thought that the twists that the author gave to the story of Cinderella were phenomenal and I was so happy with the outcome.  She really brought the world to life, and I could seriously imagine how everything was set up.  I was frightened and enthralled all at the same time. 

I will say I had a lot of the twists of this book figured out long before they came to light in the book, but it didn't stop my love of the book.  My one issue that I did have was the whole cyborg twist.  It was a bit to science fictiony for me, but I finally got over it as I got to know Cinder more and more.

I've already bought the sequel Scarlet and downloaded it to my Kindle and I hope to read it in the next few weeks.  I can't wait to see what happens to Cinder and Kai!

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