Sunday, February 19, 2012

ReView of CINDER by Marissa Meyer

Who is Cinder?  At first, she is a simple cyborg with an atrocious guardian/stepmother, and on top of that she seems to be dysfunctional in many ways: synthetic leg, missing tear-ducts, incapable of blushing, and moments of strongest recorded emotions leading her to faint and collapse.  She's a light-hearted lady bug in a futuristic fairy tale.  By the end of the book, Cinder becomes a courageous and selflessly determined young lady, as well as a 'person' you begin to understand more and more.

At first the plot is a little stoccato, and transitions hard to read through, but as you begin to read more and  you find yourself more drawn to the story.  There are plenty of plot twists to keep your eyes glued to the words.  To begin, there is a biological craze around the lemutosis plague, for which there is no cure, but quarantines and plague testing occur to possibly find one.  There are intergalactic politics between the Lunars and the Earthen Commonwealth people.  Oh, and the Lunars, they're no ordinary villains, "Lunars were a society that had evolved from an Earthen moon colony centuries ago, but they weren't human anymore.  People said Lunars could alter a person's brain - make you see things you shouldn't see, feel things you shouldn't feel, do things you didn't want to do.  Their unnatural power had made them a greedy and violent race, and Queen Lavana was the worst of all of them."  Opposite Queen Lavana, is Prince Kai - mesmerizing enough to make you believe he is worth falling for, like Cinder does.  Lest we forget cybernetic diagnostics, med-droids, and D-COMMs?

Perhaps, it is necessary to talk about what is at the basic core of this book, Cinder's journey as a heroine.  She is very much prejudiced against because she is an android and thought to be devoid of emotions.  She has no real friends, except maybe her step-sister Peony.  As for her family?  Well, even that is pretty hazy for her.  All she has is her ability to be a mechanic, and that's all it takes to make her more fortunate when Prince Kai comes to her to repair his android.  From thereon forward a series of events take place that take Cinder onto a path of discovery of her true self, her true family, and her true place in the world. By the end of the story, Cinder has a purpose, a posible friend, even someone who's willing to help her get a piece of her family heritage back, and maybe even save humanity from the wrath of Queen Lavana

This story is simple, easy to read, but has enough to make you think a little bit.  Unfortunately, though, there are a few shortcomings to this books.  I thought that everything was just skimmed on the surface, maybe a little more depth could have been given to the characters, the plague logistics, and even to Prince Kai.  Maybe Cinder could have been a little bit more developed as well, she's just briefly drawn for us.  So maybe the second book will be better.  This book is worth reading, netherless.  It is very well written, it's simply put, and it's a clean read.  It's an enjoyable novel, but there could have been more to it is all.

I would be interested to hear from those that have read this book, and what you think of it.  Considering this is my first NEW YA Release of the year, and I don't read many YA novels, maybe I have all wrong, and maybe this book is fine the way it is and has no shortcomings.  I am just beginnig to read more YA novels, and it's definitely a change from general lit.  I welcome anything you might want to share with me; I more than look forward to it.

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