Published: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, Inc.
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Human 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 intergalatic 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.
Let me start off this review with one sentence: Cinderella as a Cyborg.
Okay, okay, take a few minutes to stop laughing...are you done? Good. Now, go out, but this book, read this book, love this book. You're going to have to trust me on this one.
Marissa Meyer has taken the story of Cinderella an transformed it to an entirely new and amazingly awesome level that I am positive is going to explode in popularity. The writing is gorgeous, the characters are so well-thought out and even though this story has more of a sci-fi edge, it maintains that classic "fairy-tale" feel.
It's really easy to tell too much, but Cinder is the story of a young woman who - as a child - was given robotic limbs in order to save her life. Set in a very distant future, when cyborgs and androids are everywhere, it wasn't that unheard of to add robotic parts to a human. But no matter how common it is, in this world, cyborgs are still the looked-down-upon outcasts. Cinder can't help but feel out-of-place and alone as not only a cyborg, but also as the adopted daughter in a house with her evil stepmother and stepsisters.
And then...Cinder meets her prince - Prince Kai (soon to be Emporer of New Beijjing). Prince Kai's character is so humble, kind and literally "charming" that we can't help but fall in love with him immediately. You want him and Cinder to get together so badly, and you dread the moment you know has to come: the moment he finds out she's a cyborg. Will he accept her? Will he love her? Ahh! I wish I could tell you!!
All I can say is that I was actually, physically sad when this book came to an end. I thought about it for days after, and I honestly wanted to pick it back up and start reading it all over again. I loved every minute of it and I know you will too.
6 out of 5 stars.