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.
I have been so slow at getting round to reading this book. Thankfully, I’ve finally managed to get a copy to read, and it was so worth it. I’ll admit, with all the reviews I’d seen, I was expecting this book to blow my mind. It didn’t quite manage that, but I still loved it.
I think one of the main reasons I picked this up and enjoyed it so much was because it is a fairy tale retelling. I’ve always been a fan of retellings, and this sounded perfect for me. It’s such an original take on the story of Cinderella and, although it does stay true to the story, there’s a lot of new stuff in there which works really well. For example, in the original, the main villain is Cinderella’s stepmother whereas in this book there’s a Queen who lives on the moon who pretty much hates everyone. It’s amazing.
And that is another point that I really liked about this book. The world building. By the time I finished it, I could really imagine the world that Cinder lived in because there was so much detail. It honestly felt like I was watching some awesome, futuristic film with amazing settings and scenery. One thing I did have a problem with description-wise was imagining what Cinder looked like for a while. For a while, I wasn’t really sure which parts of her were metal/cyborg and which were human. I eventually figured it out, but it did take me a while.
However, I did love the actual character of Cinder. I loved the fact that she didn’t rely on anybody else to get her through her life and that she just tried to make the best of the life she had. Also, I like that she was ready to get out of that life if she got a chance. Cinder was just such a great character, and quite different to some of the heroines I’ve been reading about recently. The story wouldn’t be the same at all without her as a strong heroine who takes part in all the action.
The story itself is really interesting. Things happen all the time, and the characters have so many problems to cope with, like the plague and the Lunars and personal problems. The action never slowed and I found it really hard to put the book down at all. There was just so much going on, especially in the palace with Prince Kai. I loved the sections where he was trying to cope with politics, and I got to learn more about the world they lived in.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to get hold of the sequel.