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.
In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.
The main thing I have to say about this book is I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! I was very excited about it from the beginning. The cover is what initially drew my interest, and then I read the synopsis and thought it would be a very unique retelling of Cinderella. Sometimes I can be a bit skeptical of a book when it uses known characters or retellings of stories, but this book was fantastic! The only bad thing I can really say is that I am disappointed I have to wait a year for the next one!
I didn’t want to put this book down the entire time I had it, and when I was at work, I couldn’t wait to go on break or get home to read more of it, so it definitely held my attention quite well. Being a retelling, you mostly know how the story is going to go, so a lot of it you can figure out or expect, but there is also plenty that doesn’t go exactly the way you think it is going to.
Meyer does a wonderful job at invoking your emotions through out the novel. There are characters you love, some you hate profusely, and there are funny parts with witty android comments and heartbreaking situations.
Cinder was a strong character and I felt bad for her because of how she was treated. Cyborg are nothing but property to most of the people and are not looked at as human, but she still stands for what she believes is right. Prince Kai could come to my mechanic shop (if I had one) anytime he wanted! He doesn’t come on strongly and there is not insta-love between the two of them. There are a couple of points where he acted a bit immaturely, but considering the situations, many guys probably would have, too. Adri made my blood boil through out the book, she is certainly a character you love to hate!
The story it self is very interesting and unique way to retell the Cinderella story and I can’t wait until I get to read the rest of the series, and my mouth is watering just wishing for the next book! This book is a highly recommended read!! I don’t give out 5 star ratings easily, but giving this one a 4.5 just wouldn’t have been good enough!
Unique, emotionally evocative, leaves you yearning for more!!