Marissa Meyer - Cinder
• Pub Date: January 3, 2012
• Publisher: Macmillan Audio
• Format: Audio Book CD
• Age Range: Young Adult
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
I had some high hopes for this, and since it was nothing like I was expecting at ALL, it totally lived up to the hype! And MAN, if you all could have seen my face when the big shocker happened towards the end there. I was in my car, trying to save my Famous Dave's leftover box from crashing to the floor when it happened, and I totally just froze. I was in total shock! I couldn't believe that I didn't see it coming. But what a great cliffhanging ending to this book. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one!!!
Listening to this one is very enjoyable as well. The narrator (Rebecca Soler) has a pretty smooth voice, and her pronunciation is consistent throughout the novel. Her male voices weren't as good as the female ones. The robot ones were great, though. But either way I really liked her narration and would definitely listen to another book she reads. I hope they keep her reading the books in this series! Looking forward to the sequel :o)
Bottom line: Check this one out for a 21st century spin on Cinderella and a great, creative YA story!