Author: Marissa Meyer
Article Type: Book Review, Audiobook Review
About the Book: 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.
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating 4.75
Story Rating 5.00
Character Rating 4.50
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: This was a fantastic story that I was totally surprised I liked so much!
“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”― Marissa Meyer, Cinder
This book has been reviewed a thousand times so I thought I would approach it a little differently. I am not really a YA reader (only 12 out of my 205 read books for 2012 were YA). This is going down as one of my favorites. There was zero angsty drama, zero triangles, and the story was fantastically rich and full. Even though the story starts with Once Upon a Time, it is not your typical fairytale retelling. In fact, it has all the elements but then takes you on a journey that you won’t soon forget.
“Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just… programmed?”― Marissa Meyer, Cinder
The whole cast of characters were very well done! The only draw back (if there was one) was the quickness of the end of the story. I felt that all the characters were in 1.5xx time. They felt rushed so I did a little bit too. Plus, I was left wanting more about 2 particular characters (not saying who) and so that was the only reason for a slight knock down in the rating in that area.
Narrated by Rebecca Soler/Running Time 10 hrs and 6 mins
I highly recommend this book in audio format. Rebecca did a great job with the pacing, voices, and emotion. I will be continuing this series on audiobook.
Final Thought: I recommend Cinder to any reader young and old alike!