Cinder (Lunar Chronicles Book 1)

My rating: 5/5

Cinder is a book written by Marissa Meyer about a cyborg living in New Beijing. She lives with her step mother and two step sisters and an android named Iko. Cinder works as a mechanic and all her money goes to support of step mother and two step sisters. Sound a little familiar?

It is a retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. Which is why I have been hesitant to read it for so long. I know what happens in Cinderella, so why would I read a retelling. It was the book chosen for my book club’s monthly read in April, so I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. There are many elements that are different from the original Cinderella story (aside from the futuristic city and the whole cyborg thing).

Cinder is a likable, witty character, who despite her circumstances, is a nice, loving person. She may be a second class citizen because she is a cyborg, but she acts way more human than her monster of a stepmother.

The fact that this is a story loosely based off of a well-known fairytale, there will be parts that readers find predictable. However, this book is part of a series in which three more fairy-tales will be brought into the story. Therefore, I feel like the overall story will be different enough to keep readers interested. Even in this first book there is enough differentiations to keep readers interested. The mystery of Cinder’s past is sure to keep readers interested.

I have ordered the second book, Scarlet, and will be reading it as soon as it is delivered.

Happy Reading!

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A People’s History of the United States

Rate: 5/5

This is a history book by Howard Zinn. I read this book, or rather listened to it, because it was a Scribd select audiobook in March. I was surprised by how much I liked the book.

In this book Zinn discusses the history of the United States from the view point of the common people, the minorities, the ones being oppressed by the government. It could probably be names an East Coast People’s history of the United States, because that’s where the main focus is, and at the end of the book, Zinn admits this and gives the names of books that go into more detail on the things he left out or didn’t cover throughly.

Surprisingly, I enjoyed this book. It was interesting to learn than what was taught to me in high school and even college. I feel like I know more about the civil rights movements, Vietnam protests, and even the Native American’s protests. I wish he had covered the Woman’s and LGBT movements better, but he does suggest books that go into more detail about these topics.

Is this book biased? Absolutely. But so are most other historical books you read. I would recommend reading this book and other books about the same time periods to gain a better “whole-picture” understanding.

Overall, it’s a good read, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about American History.