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It’s February, we are officially past the halfway mark of winter and still we’ve had very little snow. It snowed last week where I live. The snow didn’t wait for the weekend, or even a late afternoon. No, it snowed while I sat at the library and worked. I work near a window so I could watch it though I had to make sure the guy between me and the window didn’t think I was watching him. And then I had to drive home in it. I live on a mountain and my daughter (the reason I’m at the library) works off the mountain. The trip home wasn’t bad this time, but it could have been. If the roads are bad, they close one road coming into my town because it becomes so dangerous. Ah. Okay. I’m done with snow this year. It can’t get its act together and I’m ready to be warm again.
Anyway, this week I’m reviewing Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
Cinder has been on my TBR pile for a while and I’ve put off reading it for too long. I took the leap in January and read it in under a week. I couldn’t put it down! My husband asked me one night if I wanted to watch a particular show we enjoy and I asked if we could skip it so I could read!
Cinder is, as you might guess, a retelling of the Cinderella story but it’s placed in a mildly dystopian sci-fi world where Cinder is a cyborg who has no rights of her own. She’s also the best mechanic in the kingdom. When the Prince comes to her to have his android fixed it starts a series of events that will change her life in ways she never imagined possible. Cinder discovers that she is stronger than she ever imagined and also weaker than she’d like to be.
Meyer does not follow the classic Cinderella theme placing Cinder as the victim though she is still a victim. Cinder does not take it lying down. She has a life outside her family and she recognizes her own inherent value in the world. I loved that in this retelling Cinder is strong and valuable in her own right even if her step-mother won’t admit it. I loved the self-doubt she portrays as she develops a friendship with the Prince and the bond between her and one of her step-sisters.
Meyer also teases us with a cliffhanger ending that will leave you itching to get to book 2 Scarlet, and there are many more in the series. Since I gobbled this book up and I’m unwilling to have three months of reviews on one series, I’m making myself wait to read the next one.
If you haven’t read Cinder you should put it on your TBR pile.
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