Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Cinder is one of those books that looked interesting but I just kept putting off reading. Having so many series I already follow I decided to wait until closer to the last book to give it a shot. I was glad I waited because I do feel I enjoyed to whole series much better when read as a whole as apposed to piece by piece.
Summary: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.
I found Cinder to be a truly original take on a classic fairy tale. A cyborg girl trying to make her way in a world. A Future world where technology and disease run rampant. The division between the classes is huge. But inspire of it all young Cinder has made a name for herself as a mechanic. That name spreads as far as the Prince and through what some might consider a small interaction the whole world that they live in is changed.
Beyond the fairy tale this is a story that speak a lot about segregation and equal rights. I think there is an overall message to treat each life as an equal no matter what parts they have or where they are born.
Being the begining of a series the story also sets the pace for the next installment.