Cinder is a cyborg, an outcast, a mechanic, and the slave of Adri, her guardian. She has never had anything for her own, or at least not since her cyborg operation when she was eleven. Then her sister catches the deadly disease Letumosis. There’s no way she will survive. And Adri believes it’s Cinder’s fault.
Prince Kai’s father, the Emperor of New Beijing, has Letumosis. But that’s not the worst of it. The Lunar Queen is planning to invade Earth. And Kai is the only one who can stop her by marrying her.
But that’s all the harder when he’s already in love with the mechanic girl at the market with the smudge of grease on her forehead.
Author: Marissa Meyer
Cinderella retold? Sounds fun. In the future? Great idea! As a Cyborg? What?
Such a brilliant idea. Why make the stepmother randomly hate the kid? Why not make it a society thing, that everyone hates Cyborgs?
Cinder is one of the best books I’ve read for a while. It’s gripping and fast moving, splashed with the kind of humour I love. (Particularly coming from Iko, Cinder’s android. Love that robot. You wouldn’t think an android could be a favourite character, but, well…I love Iko.)
The book was very techno and the plot complex. The writing made it all so easy to read and understand, except I was a bit confused in the climax. I had to reread it. I’ve been too used to first person lately, and since it was in third, I was a little scrambled with “who is which ‘her'”. That was the only place that muddled me — the rest of the time, I hardly noticed that third-person-past-tense isn’t my favourite style.
Not only is the idea great, the plot is so beautifully complex. It kept twisting. I had no idea where it would wind up. I mean, it had to have a ball, a slipper, and a prince charming (it’s Cinderella, after all). Of course, the author is so brilliant they all came most unexpectedly.
I run the risk of gushing about this book in my delight. But I was just so impressed. Even the romance aspect (yeah…you can’t have Cinderella without that handsome prince) completely bearable. It was hilarious. Prince Kai and Cinder are such a great match. So instead of cringing when the romance came together, I laughed and laughed because they both have great senses of humour.
The evil Queen Levana from planet Lunar (Lunar is the moon — frightfully clever naming) could have been a bit creepier, and I’d figured out a major plot twist long before it came (so had cait. I’m not sure if it was supposed to be gobsmacking or obvious). The addition of a random character at the end simply to explain some things felt out of place. However, there are three more books to come (one release a year! How cruel is that!?) so I think some of those faults will be cleared up.
I loved this book. I’m just really annoyed I have to wait until next year to read Scarlet. And 2014 for Cress. And 2015 for Winter. How can they do this to me?!