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.
Cinder is unlike anything I have ever encountered before. Sure I’ve read plenty of fairytale spinoffs, but it never involved extreme futuristic settings such as this one. This book was basically Star Wars and Cinderella’s love child: pretty freaking awesome to read about!
Anyway… Cinder takes place in the year who knows what, let’s just say it’s really far into the future, so much so, that there has been a World War IV that they have an annual celebration for the anniversary of it’s ending. So that’s pretty far. Some things to know about this new age of Earth: Cyborgs are a thing now, androids lend helping hands in all aspects of society, there’s a New Beijing (where the book takes place) and oh yeah, there are people (aliens known as Lunars) who live on the moon! THE MOON! There’s a catch however, this futuristic earth is still far from perfect. A disease known as Letumosis has been wiping out humans and there’s no cure in site.
Cinder just happens to be a cyborg in this new age but she has no memories from the first 11 years of her life and naturally, as according to the story of Cinderella, she lives with her beep of a step mom and two step sisters. However, as intergalactic tensions rise between Earth and the Lunars, and Letumosis threatens the world as she knows it, Cinder begins to discover more about her secret past while forming the most unlikely of alliances as well as catching the eye of the dashing Prince Kai.
Plot/Characters: Cinder made for a fast paced plot filled with strong character development. Cinder was a wonderful female lead, one who had determination that never gave out. Even when it seemed that all hope was lost for her, she fought for freedom from her stepmother and the enemies that lurked behind every corner. Her relationship with Kai was intriguing and different altogether than your typical young adult romance. It was one that slowing simmered before coming to a boil, and right before the first bubble rises to the surface, the pasta gets thrown in and disrupts it’s path (random food analogies…figure it out). Basically it was so close to being something that could last!
The only stipulation I would give about this book, is that I predicted the main plot twist from the very beginning. Idk if it was supposed to be that easy to figure out or what, but I would have liked for there to be a little more room for surprise when it came to the main reveal. But maybe I just read so much that it was easy to see coming, or maybe Marissa Meyer was just going for the whole dramatic irony affect. Oh well, it didn’t detract too much from my feelings of the story. Either way, by the time the ending rolled around, and everything came to a head, I was more than eager to read book two and see what’s in store for Cinder’s fate! Book two is titled Scarlet! And it just came in to the library! Whoop whoop!
I would definitely recommend you read Cinder! If you enjoy syfy/fantasy and ingenuity placed into a previously conceived plot-line, this book is for you!
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