Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles Book 1 by Marissa Meyer
Upon repeated recommendations of this young adult novel, I finally gave it a try without reading the jacket cover or having any other expectations of its premise other than it was clearly a Cinderella spin off.
The first 20 pages I thought I would throw in the towel and call this one a spade. I am not the intended audience for young adult novels anyway, so it takes a special one to catch my interest. Generally – Cinder being no exclusion – the writing is simpler for a lower reading level and the story line is fairly predictable.
Cinder is set in the future and the main character, Cinder, is a cyborg. I am not terribly interested in robots and hover crafts in any form of entertainment. However, unexpectedly the Plague entered the story line.
As a teenager, my favorite movie was Outbreak, and I LOVED biology class. I especially loved diseases and viruses, the deadlier the better. If not for my equal distaste for Chemistry, I could have pictured myself working at the CDC.
When Cinder took this slant, I was hooked, and by the end the subtle but teasing plot line and characters had me hooked. If I didn’t already have two different library books sitting on my table to read, I would already have rushed back to the library to check out the next one in the series. It will be on my list for my next trip.
Cinder is for you if you like adventure, science fiction stories. While I flew through this book – both because the simple language makes it an easy read and I wanted to know how it turned out – it was still relatively predictable. I still enjoyed it, but if you’re looking for a literary masterpiece this is not it. If you’re looking for a nail biter, edge of your seat kind of book, this is not it.
If you’re looking for a light hearted, lose yourself in a different world read, give this one a try.