Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Release Date: 3rd January 2012
Book Source: Feiwel & Friends & NetGalley
Synopsis: 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.
A cyborg Cinderella in a futuristic world complete with handsome prince, wicked step-mother, evil moon queen and the deadly Letumosis plague. As far as fairy tale re-tellings go Cinder is unique, fantastical and weirdly awesome!
The Cinderella fairytale is familiar in the mix of cyborgs, androids, hovers, netscreens and comm links. I loved the representations from the original tale and the inventiveness of the new world. Set in the Eastern Commonwealth capital of New Beijing, post 4th World War, this here is fascinating world building and compelling reading.
Meyer assembles a cast of characters that truly shine. I was rooting for Cinder (and her freedom) from the beginning and wishing her wicked step-mother a nasty end. Cinder's step-sister Peony was a sweetie, her android bestie Iko; adorable, & Prince Kai; grounded, kind & down-to-earth.
This was such a fun read, an enchanting meld of fairytale adventure, intergalactic political intrigue and futuristic scifi ... and the pages just flew by. For pure entertainment Cinder's a winner!
Cinder is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles quartet. Of the remaining three books Scarlet will star Red Riding Hood, Cress will feature Rapunzel and Winter; Snow White ... bring it on. I can't wait to see where Marissa Meyer's imagination takes us.
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