Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Macmillan on January 8th 2013
Number of Pages: 448
Genres: Dystopian, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
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.
This book reminded me so much of Sailor Moon. With cyborgs. And androids. And Cinderella. I totally knew what had happened to “Princess Selene” before it was revealed at the end of the book. But that was okay, because so much of the plot was this huge neat twist, I needed to know what was going to happen next.
I liked Peony, and while I understand why it had to happen, I still hate that it happened. Iko was fun and I’m hoping we get to see more of her in the next book. I’m super curious about the unnamed blonde Lunar girl, and want to know more about her as well. And Kai? He was pretty darn cool. Maybe slightly unbelievable how fast he got attached to Cinder, but everything else I liked about him. (No worries, it wasn’t even close to insta-love.)
Cinder herself was all kinds of awesome. She had faults and strengths, and even though her step-mother and elder step-sister were horrible to her, she never let it get to her. She kept her eyes on her goal. The car she found was kinda neat, even if it didn’t last long.
I loved how the ‘glass slipper’, the ‘pumpkin into a carriage’, and the ‘fairy godmother’ were interpreted/twisted in this book. They were unexpected and unique. If you haven’t read this book yet, you need to. I’ll be picking up book 2 soon!