Book Reviews

Books I’m Devouring – CINDER by Marissa Meyer

I contemplated calling this new category of my blog, “Books I’m Eating”, but I thought “Devouring” sounded more accurate. My husband says when I’m reading a book, it’s like I’m hungrily eating every page, hardly looking up.  It’s true.  Stories are like my sustenance, and I do devour books, finishing them in mere hours or days.  Thus, I thought I’d start a new category for my blog, featuring reviews of novels I’ve enjoyed.

I just finished reading a Young Adult Sci-Fi Dystopian called CINDER by Marissa Meyer.  I was first introduced to the book by one of Marissa’s agents, whom I met at a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference last year.  I sat next to her at dinner, and we discussed books we thought each other would enjoy.  Since I also write YA Sci-fi, she thought I’d like CINDER, and she was right.  My interest was initially peaked after hearing the story of how CINDER’s publishing team won over Ms. Meyer to choose them:  by posting the title’s letters down the windows of the NYC flatiron building.  I mean, really, can any author imagine a more enthusiastic gesture indicating the publisher’s zeal for your book?

I loved this book and finished it in a couple of days.  It’s a quick read, built upon the foundation of Cinderella.  In CINDER, the main character is a cyborg, a girl who was rebuilt with some prosthetic limbs after an “accident”.  In this future society cyborgs are considered lesser beings and property of their owner (evil stepmother).  There’s also a handsome prince named Kai, charming as can be–someone who’s willing to sneak out of the palace to try and act like a regular guy for a few minutes and falls in love with Cinder, unaware of her background.  There are evil forces at play, threatening the entire human population on earth, which adds a menacing element even bigger than Cinderella’s legal guardian.  The fairy godmother is a male doctor, who has a few twists up his sleeve, and the pumpkin carriage is an ancient, rusted and orange car that Cinder, a renowned mechanic, fixes herself.  The main character is a good person with an edgy voice that makes her fresh and fun to read in dialogue.  Cinder is focused on escaping her stepmother and the confines of New Beijing but sacrifices herself to help her country and love.

I saw the ending coming, but, nevertheless, it was satisfying when it happened.  The book is part of a series, and the next installment, Scarlet, is based on the fairytale, Red Riding Hood.  I’m looking forward to reading more from the author!

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