Cinder has been on my Want-To-Read list for quite some time, but I only recently got around to reading it, which is rather sad because this book is stunning. Marissa Meyer has written an utterly enthralling take on the Cinderella story and has created a vivid, gloomy, and exciting world.
Cinder makes for a great main character and her humor, intelligence, and strength made me fall in love with her and care for her more than I thought I would. Even though the story is told in third person, Cinder’s emotions come across beautifully, which add to her depth and provides a nice contrast to the belief that she’s incapable of feeling since she’s a cyborg.
Prince Kai is also a wonderful character and his thoughtfulness and self-doubt make him a well-rounded male lead. He’s a nice change from all the angst-driven leads in other YA novels.
I think, though, that my favorite character is Iko, Cinder’s android. Iko has such a distinct personality and I found her to be hilarious.
Ms. Meyer’s writing leaves very little to be desired. She hits every description on the mark and every dialogue reads fluidly and realistcally. The world/society she has created is extremely well-thought out and I can’t wait to see it explored more in Scarlet.
All in all, Cinder is a splendid novel that will sweep readers up in a whirlwind of emotion, action, and romance. The underlying message of finding inner strength and confidence is presented in a successful manner and many people will be able to relate to Cinder. Read this book now if you haven’t already.