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 keep going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars, so let’s say 3.5
So I saw this book and went “Cinderella as a cyborg? Yes, please!”
The romance wasn’t annoying! “Prince Charming” Kai has a personality, there was no insta-love, just insta-like and insta-intrigued. Kai puts his people above himself and Cinder. The world building was good, if a bit odd. I’d be interested to learn more about Lunar history. There’s realistic growth in Cinder as she struggles with her identity. She has to cope with prejudice against cyborgs and her own struggle not to think of herself in the same way that others do.
The Not So Good:
I’m not sure if the big reveal near the end was supposed to be a surprise, but I had figured it out near the beginning of the book. However, knowing didn’t wreck the story at all.Sometimes the Cinderella tropes took away a little from the story. I’m not sure I was supposed to be amused at the “loss of the glass slipper” scene.
Her next book will feature Little Red Riding Hood. Needless to say, I’m interested in reading more.