Oh Cinder how I love you so. To be honest, I read Cinder sometime ago, before I ever thought to start a book blog. And if I am a champion of one book / series it is this one. Before this, it was The Hunger Games but everyone has read them now. So now I tell everyone and their mother just how great Cinder and The Lunar Chronicles are. While, The Hunger Games and The Lunar Chronicles are in no way, shape, or form similar, they are both well written and well thought out stories. I recently got another person hooked and figured it was time to write about Cinder. After all, Cinder was the best book I read in 2012.
Cinder is a re-envisioning of the fairy tale Cinderella. Cinder is a cyborg, living in New Beijing after World War 4. But more importantly, Cinder is the best mechanic in New Beijing. Naturally, everything that she earns goes to her stepmother. Her only friend is Iko, an android, who is probably one of my favorite characters of all time. One day, Prince Kai, steps into Cinder’s shop to get his android fixed, and everything changes.
Meyer steps outside of the box for this novel. Cinderella a cyborg, really? But Meyer makes it work. This is very much an original story with just enough Cinderella thrown in. All the characters are well thought out and well written. Probably more important is that the characters are believable. Of course Iko would be obsessed with Prince Kai like any ‘normal’ android. lol The characters are anything but normal and they are not cookie cutter.
There are a lot of layers to this story. Cinder is book 1 of a 4 book series and Meyers goes a phenomenal job of setting up the series. And since I’ve read 3 of the 4 books already, I can tell you that the series just keeps getting better and better, which is very hard to do.