"Favourite Young Adult Book of the Year"
Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation.
***I absolutely loved reading this book. It has quickly soared to my list of favourite YA books and now has a home amongst Divergent and Hunger Games. I've come across Cinder for a while now on Instagram and it was perfect that my bookclub "Clockwork Readers" chose this to be our very first read.
I will admit that it took me a while to enjoy the book since life got in the way disguised as daunting essays and university reading. When that ceased (temporarily), I devoured the book in two days! It's a 5 star rated book for me because I cannot fault it. Cinder is such a cool and confident chick but at the same time she makes realistic decisions. I loved her relationship with everybody: how she loved Iko and Peony, detested Adri and Pearl and bickered with Dr Erland (the latter by the way gives me all kinds of masochistic elderly Doctor Who feels).
The opening scene in the book where "the [market] square was filled with shoppers and hawkers, children and noise" is still fresh in my head and it captured everything this book is: sarcastic, sweet, hilarious and unexpected. And the robots in this book? Iko is my new guilty pleasure! I was squinting at her lines with a growing suspicion that she sounded awfully like R2d2 and that Marissa Meyer was a Star Wars fan. She couldn't describe such lovable and hyperactive robots and NOT be a Star Wars fan and I was right! And the banter between Cinder and Iko was the cutest: Cinder, the ever so serious teen cyborg and Iko running wild with her fantasies and crazy plans.
Oh and that Queen Levana? You'd think Cinder's stepmother Adri is bad but Levana is a whole new category of B A D. She makes my blood boil with her slimy, conniving threats and blackmails. *shudders*
Also that plot twist at the end?! Cinder's reaction to the revelation was basically short of:
Next one! Next one! Scarlet, come to me...
Have you read Cinder or do you plan on reading it? If you have read it, whose your favourite character?