Cinder (Marissa Meyer)

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.


Thursday, 8 Oct 2015: It’s currently 1a.m. and I’m at the airport waiting for my flight to Paris, where I will then catch the next one to Seoul, and I just finished Cinder, like, 5 minutes ago! So, without anything more interesting to do – and still procrastinating on my Queen of Shadows review – I decided to write this one.

Writing:

I absolutely loved Marissa Meyer’s writing style. It’s simple, yet colorful somehow. I liked it, a lot. It flows so so well!

World Building:

Firefly much? I love this World building. I like the idea that after the 4th World War the countries all band together to create large empires – it goes right along with my ideals. I love the mixture of Western and Eastern cultures as well. And I’m looking forward to see this world expand… Will we be going to Africa next? 😉

Characters:

I really liked Cinder, and I can’t wait to see more of her. I found interesting how, even though she had always been treated as inferior by her family, she still fought back in her way, she wasn’t at all conformed about her position. Also, she knew her priorities well, and that’s commendable. I mean, how many times did she have to say no to the ball?

But Kai, oh my, I love Kai! That guy is gold! I loved how he treated Cinder (especially in front of her awful family) and how he put his people ahead of everything else. I’m curious about his mother though… how long has she not been in the picture? And, although I agreed with his decision by the end, I was a bit sad about what he said to Cinder. =(

Iko, I want more IKO!!!! I do hope we never see Cinder’s stepmom and sister again, though, they were awful. I don’t trust Torin. There’s something about him, but I might very well be mistaken – I hope I am, Kai needs all the help he can get. I do like Dr. Erland, though it’s all very iffy…

Levana is just awful, and all those things that the Lunars supposedly did… horrific! Also, small spoiler, was the lunar girl in the D-COMM Cress?!

Plot:

I liked the plot, for the most part. My biggest problem with it was that I could see that “plot twist” coming from the moment it was first mentioned in one of the first chapters… and then I was literally waiting for the shoe (foot) to drop. I did expect it a bit earlier. I also expected it to be with Kai’s knowledge… oh well!

The plague was a horrible thing, and I hope it gets deal with soon.


All in all, I quite liked this book, though it didn’t blow me away completely, because I could see what was coming, and I didn’t even read spoilers prior to this. While I like Cinder, I also feel like she didn’t developed much during this book, while at the same time she did plenty.

Rating: 4 Stars

4stars

I finally arrived @ Seoul!

And it only took me approximately 28 hours between the time I left my house to the moment I stepped outside Seoul Airport. What’s 28 hours, right? 😀

My journey on itself wasn’t that large, but given that my first flight would leave at 6.45 a.m., I had no way to get to the airport except to arrive before midnight and stay there throughout the night. The only other option involved paying about 60€ for a cab at 3.30 a.m., and that’s just a no!

So I got there at 11.45p.m (wednesday night), I finished Cinder, I wrote Cinder‘s review (will pop up later today), I squeezed some work and analysed some DNA sequences. Then my batteries started to die and Barcelona airport doesn’t have nearly enough power sockets as it should have, so it took me about 20 minutes of combing through the airport until I found the right place… then I finally got a start on my Queen of Shadows review. 4a.m. meant that Check in opened, so there was that, security and so on, and then McDonalds!

I go to McDonalds very rarely, in fact, the McDonald’s at Barcelona airport is the one I visit more often, because I usually have it before boarding my plane. Now, before you scoff about me eating McDonald’s at 5a.m., please note that I hasn’t slept at all, so it was more of a second diner than breakfast.

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Time came to board, I started my second book, Rikki, and read about 25% before take off, and then my head was throbbing so hard that I had to close my eyes for the almost 2 hours of the flight.

And then, Paris! I had forgotten how amazing Charles de Gaulle airport really is! I found a starbucks – it was high priority! Had my favorite drink + my favorite muffin, charged my phone, because it was about to die for the 4th time of the day, changed money, took some pics, and the hours flew by.

Suddenly was I was first in line to board to Seoul, then we were taking off, I was finishing Rikki, got some sleep because my head was giving me all kinds of warning signs that I needed to shut down, listened to some KPOP, because I figured that I should acclimate myself with it, saw a Korean comedy (that I laughed much more than the firm warranted – that was my brain shutting down). Had breakfast, saw a couple of episodes of Friends, started my third book and then TOUCHDOWN!

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Incheon airport, Seoul, South Korea

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Getting out took a while, passport control and all, but I had wifi right away, so everything was cool. I had my car waiting for me, and damn it, that this was confortable like hell. Read some more – the airport is hells away from Seoul city centre – and the finally arrived at the hotel! Halleluia right? Well, no! I got in at 9 a.m., the hotel is fully booked and my room won’t be available until at least 1p.m… Happy me! So, here I am, in a coffee shop next to the hotel, with WIFI (thank the heavens), writing blogs posts and reading some more, while my head is protesting so hard from lack of sleep that I have the clear impression that I’m floating instead of sitting down.

I’ve been wearing the same clothes for more than 30 hours, I slept a grand total of 7 hours in the last 48 hours, and I would kill for a bath and a bed… but I still have a couple more hours of wait ahead of me…

Tomorrow I’ll starting posting pics of the city 😀