Monday, September 24, 2012
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5 Stars)
I'm embarrassed to say that I purposefully avoided Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) for a long while. I'm not a fan of the whole Cinderella story being told and retold. Mistake. Big mistake. Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) is so deep and so unique that there is barely any way to compare it to Cinderella... or any other book.
There is so much to love that I'm not sure where to begin. I think I will start with the fact that Marissa Meyer created a heroine who is physically impaired. Those very flaws are those which make her the most endearing. Cinder's fixation with hiding parts of her that have made her who she is forces you cheer for her to embrace it, shout her pride from the highest rooftops, and trust that anyone worth loving will not care.
I can't help but believe that this story could and should be an inspiration for people of all ages who are suffering from their own deformities, stumps, and burns. As a former pediatric intensive care nurse, I understand how important it is for those young adults to have role models, even if they are fictional characters.
Making Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) as wonderful as anything is the layering of this story. Marissa Meyer does not shy away from anything no matter how uncomfortable. She reinforces our beliefs that 1) all relationships are complicated, 2) world health is every one's responsibility, 3) social injustices are unacceptable, 4) unconditional love is a basic necessity, and 5) world (universe) peace is worth dying for.
I highly recommend everything about Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1).