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Cinder by Marissa Meyer– Review by Pranathi, Teen Blogger


Cinder - book coverWhat if I told you that humanity was dying of a deadly virus and your race was the only one able to save the world? You would save the world and be forever remembered as a hero wouldn’t you? But here’s the catch, if you save everyone else you lose your connections to the people you love most and are thrown in jail for being of your kind. Would you save the world and meet your inevitable doom or would you watch everyone around you, the people you hate and love, fall? Cinder by Marissa Meyer takes an unusual but deeply intriguing twist on the classic Cinderella story, pulling the reader into the action and making them feel deeply for each and every one of the characters on a personal level.

Unlike any other Cinderella twist I’ve read before, Cinder takes place in a dystopian future where the universe consists of humans, Lunars, cyborgs and androids. Humanity is reaching its end faster every day due to an unknown contagious virus and the Earth is on the brink of war with an alien race called the Lunars. Just as the situation reaches the point where the reader assumes there is no hope for the characters and slowly everyone will drop one by one, the unexpected happens. A cyborg within the cyborg drafts, when being inserted with the virus, is found to be immune from the deadly contagion. That cyborg is Cinder. But everything rewarding comes with a price. Although Cinder’s immunity may seem like a gift, I believe it to be a curse and a burden to bear. For, if she wishes to save the people she loves and cares for most, she must sacrifice herself. No matter whether she helps or not Cinder would lose the people she loves most.  

Marissa Meyer creates a story which leaves the reader thirsting for more. I remember spending countless hours with my face three inches away from the book being drawn closer and closer until I was right up against the pages. I recall crying, laughing and loving with each and every one of the characters throughout the whole story and neglecting my surroundings because the characters were all that mattered to me. As farfetched as the plot sounds, I believe I felt very real emotions throughout and that Marissa Meyer is both a genius and an evil mastermind for being able to intertwine such realistic emotions with an unrealistic plot.

Cinder is just the first book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. If you like books such as The Unnaturalists and Mask of the Red Death you might find this a great read. Cinder is available at the Halifax Public Libraries. To learn more of Marissa Meyer and the Lunar Chronicles you can visit http://www.marissameyer.com/.

Pranathi,

Teen Blogger

[There is the Mask of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe, and a new version called Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin and a sequel, Dance of the Red Death - Editor]

The Unnaturalists - book cover

Mask of the Red Death - book cover

http://discover.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/?q=Masque+of+the+Red+Death&searchOption=http%3A%2F%2Fdiscover.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca&FreeFormFields=Title%2CCreator%2CISBN&advSearch=onewordDance of the Red Death - book cover

 

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