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Cinder – Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis:

Cinder, a cyborg mechanic, is looked down on by everyone she knows, simply for being what someone made her to be. She works while her stepmother and two siblings sit at home. One day, while working, an android is dropped in front of her and a harried young man asks her if she can fix it. She is about to tell the young man that the android probably isn’t worth saving but realizes the young man is none other than Prince Kai. She then promises to work on the android and return it as quickly as possible.

A plague has swept the globe and no one knows its source. On the same day that Prince Kai drops off his android, the market sees its first case, and it’s not to far from Cinder’s booth. She rushes home and finds her sisters and stepmother getting fit for new dresses for the ball coming up. When Cinder tells her stepmother she will be out for her dress fitting after she gets cleaned up, she tells Cinder she is not going unless she gets their family vehicle fixed. While out at the scrapyard, the only sister who cares about her begins showing signs of the plague, she is forced to call and report her case and she is shipped away to die with all of the other plague victims.

Review:

Android Cinderella!!! Take everything you love about the classic story and add robots, a plague and an evil Lunar queen and you have one of the best retellings I have read to date.

I loved every aspect of this book and I cannot wait to start the next book. I have nothing more to say, because I feel it would all be redundant.

Favorite Quotes:

“I don’t know. I don’t actually remember anything from before the surgery.”

His eyebrows rose, his blue eyes sucking in all the light of the room. “The cybernetic opetation?”

“No, the sex change.”

The doctor’s smile faltered.

“I’m joking.”
Marissa Meyer, Cinder

“Cinder twisted up her lips. “Do you think it could have a virus?”
“Maybe her programming was overwhelmed by Prince Kai’s uncanny hotness.”
Marissa Meyer, Cinder

“The queen’s eyes smouldered. “I know my own kind when I see them, and right now there is one in these city walls.” She pointed a finger toward the balcony.”I want her found and brought to me.”
“Right,” said Kai,”that’ll be no problem in a city of two and a half million people. Let me just go dig out my special Lunar detector, and I’ll get right on that.”
Marissa Meyer, Cinder

Recommendations:

The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)  by Kady Cross

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)  by Julie Kagawa

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)  by Gena Showalter

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)  by Victoria Aveyard (Review to Come)

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Posted by on November 29, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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Red Rising – Pierce Brown

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Synopsis:
Like many of the dystopian novels of today, Red Rising has a complex caste structure. Their system is based on color, Golds being the highest and Reds being the lowest. This is all made abundantly clear as we hear Darrow’s story.
Darrow is a miner and lives inside Mars along with the rest of his fellow Reds. It has been thrust upon them to ensure the survival of the human race. These people have been sent to mine and make ready Mars for habitation.
Maybe that was their original mission but decades later Darrow finds out he is little more than a slave who is extracting precious materials and risking his life daily for a caste of citizens who could not care if he lived or died.
Upon learning this he is thrust into a world of rebels and forced into a transformation that will completely change his way of life. Infiltrate Gold from the inside.

Review:
I have to say I enjoyed this novel… until I realized ALL dystopian novels have a fromula!! What?! No!!! Sadly, after I realized that I couldn’t love it as much as I had initially. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the genre and I am still going to proceed with the rest of the series, but on a slightly jaded note.

Favorite Quotes:

“I am no martyr. I am not vengeance. I am Eo’s dream.” – Pierce Brown, Red Rising

“Death isn’t empty like you say it is. Emptiness is life without freedom, Darrow. Emptiness is living chained by fear, fear of loss, of death. I saw we break those chains. Break the chains of fear and you break the chains that bind us to the Golds, to the Society.” – Pierce Brown, Red Rising

I killed their pack leader,’ Servo says when I ask why the wolves follow him. He looks me up and down and flashes me an impish grin from beneath the wolf pelt. ‘Don’t worry, I wouldn’t fit in your skin.’ ” – Pierce Brown, Red Rising

Recommendations:

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Rot and Ruin – Jonathan Maberry
Divergent – Veronica Roth

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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