Life as a cyborg isn’t easy. Sure, it comes with some cool skills, like the ability to detect lies, but it also comes with a lot of problems, like having everyone think that you’re a thing that doesn’t deserve to be alive. But Cinder is used to the dirty looks from her fellow citizens in New Beijing. What she isn’t used to is the very different kind of “dirty” look she gets from the gorgeous and sarcastic Prince Kai…
Alright, I’m going to put all of my cards on the table: I’m friends with Marissa Meyer. Also, I’m a beta for the Lunar Chronicles series. Yes, this means I have read an early draft of Scarlet. No, I will give no hints as to what happens. Yes, this makes me completely biased. But you should still believe me when I say that this is a supercalafragalisticexpialadocious book.
Not only is the plot so~ much~ fun~, but Marissa has a way with words that will leave you green with envy. She is not a writer who spits out a draft and then throws it out into the world. She polishes every sentence until it shines like a beacon of hope to all of us. (Too much? I DON’T CARE! YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK!)
Then there are the characters! Cinder is completely kick-ass! She has her flaws, but no one would accuse her of being a weak character. (And without giving away anything I can say that kick-ass female characters is kind of a theme you’ll be finding in the Lunar Chronicles.) Kai is swoon-worthy in a wow-I-didn’t-realise-I-had-fallen-in-love-with-this-guy-but-I-totally-have-and-now-no-other-male-character-will-ever-compare kind of way. Also, he is totally and completely MINE.
Speaking of which…
Dear Prince Kai,
I met you back when you were just beginning to be sketched, and I fell for you immediately. I fell for you hard. I have never felt such a connection to a literary crush before. Forget about Cinder, you belong with me. We’d be perfect together! Your sarcastic and I’m sarcastic. You have a strong sense of duty and I have a strong sense of duty. You’re the heir to the throne and I am fully capable of bearing heirs to the throne…
Like I said: perfect for each other.
You can comm me any time and I promise to answer.
Anyway, I read this book with my mom and it was such a great experience! It was hilarious seeing her reactions to things I knew were coming. Her favourite characters were Iko (Cinder’s boy crazy android friend) followed by Peony (Cinder’s nice stepsister). She frequently exclaimed “that bitch!” when her not-so-favourite characters did some not-so-nice things. And we both may have freaked out a little bit during a certain elevator scene.
A final excellent thing about this book is the foreshadowing! Not only for future events in book one, but for stuff in book three and four as well! Gah, is it 2013 yet?!
Books with similar aspects
The Sailor Moon series by Naoko Takeuchi
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
recommended to everyone. Literally everyone. Like fairy tales? It’s for you. Like science fiction? It’s for you. Like great writing? It’s for you.
not recommended to people who dislike enjoying reading.
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