Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles quartet. It is also my first review for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.
This may be the first book to combine the recent trends of dystopian future and fairy tale retellings. This is not a bad thing. Meyer does a wonderful job justifying the parallels between the stories of Cinder and Cinderella without anything seeming forced. She also removes many of the problematic elements of her source material (Why did Cinderella's father marry such a horrible woman? Does the protagonists main goal really have to be attending the ball?) in order to make a more compelling and relatable story. That said, the story can be somewhat predictable and this installment of the series reaches very little resolution on its own. All in all, this is fast-moving and engaging debut that has me looking forward to the rest of the series.
Cinder is published by Feiwel & Friends and retails for $17.99 (hardcover). I got my Advance Reader's Edition from the publisher (but this review was not solicited or otherwise compensated). You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!
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