I’ve had my eye on this book since it first hit the goodread shelves earlier this year. However I didn’t pick it up until my sister chose it to be part of our sibling book club series. I am still trying to understand why I waited so long to read this.
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the 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.
What I thought:
I’m afraid that I might gush over this book. I haven’t been able to stop recommending this book to everyone I talk to. (I haven’t done that since I read the King Killer Chronicles!)
If you think that Cinder is simply a retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella, you are in for a major surprise. There are twists and little changes that make this book so much more than that.
First, I loved the setting. Future Earth, advanced tech, human biases. Not to mention a plague! It’s all there. Vividly written.
Every archetype from the original Cinderella can be found within the pages though it might not be obvious at first – and they certainly don’t always act like you think they would.
I really enjoyed reading Cinder. My only complaint is that the next book* isn’t out yet…
*Marissa plans on mixing fairy tales. The next book will have Cinder meeting Scarlet. I’m sure you know who that is supposed to be. The Lunar Chronicles is set to be a 4 book series.