This post was originally published on my old blog on 6/15/14.
Sorry for the long absence on this blog. I haven’t had much free time because school is almost over and so of course my teachers had to squeeze in a bunch of tests, homework and projects. Fortunately, I am now done with all of those assignments and was able to whip up this review. Here you go!
About the Book
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2012 by Feiwel and Friends
Blurb: 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.
The tension in this story was constantly escalated, especially near the end, which is how it should be. I couldn’t stop flipping the pages because everything single thing that could go wrong did go wrong. While people keep on dying from the plague and the frantic search for the antidote continued, the government and Cinder are also looking for Princess Selene and trying to keep Queen Levana and the other Lunars under her power from attacking Earth. Everything is hanging in a delicate balance and I found myself NEEDING to find out what would happen next.
I would rate this five butterflies, except for one glaring annoyance in the book. Cinder was such a predictable book. I’ll warn you that there is a huge plot twist at the end of the book. Unfortunately, I could see it coming before I was even close to being halfway done with the book. It completely ruined what I’m sure was supposed to be a surprise at the end. I’m pretty sure I would have been this shocked if I didn’t see the plot twist coming:
It would have been astounding and I probably would have been thinking about it for the next few days. Alas, it was not surprising. Bummer. However, the rest of the book was good, so that’s okay.