Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.
I know I’m probably really late with this book but I just read it, and I LOVE IT! I was probably in 9th grade when I first started hearing about this book but like my usual self, I refused to read it once the hype was up because I hated being “in trend”. In a way I kind of wished I read it when it was hot off the press but like everything, time made me appreciate things more.
This book is the first in a series called The Lunar Chronicles The whole series is a retelling of different fairy tales and this book focuses on Cinder, the cyborg take on Cinderella. I admit, I had my doubts on this book because I thought it would be too science fiction-y for me but I promise, for anyone who loves sci-fi and fantasy, this is an awesome book. Cinder as a character has a very interesting backstory and I am glad to say that she doesn’t fall into the damsel in distress trope that many literary heroines seems to be under. She has her own opinions (albeit snarky ones) and isn’t scared to have it known. She does her best to cope with her hard life situations while still managing not to have a pity party everyday and also she does try to make herself better to be more suited to get herself out of any situations.
The storyline is awesome because Marissa Meyer managed to allude to the original Cinderella story while actually giving her own twist to it. I have read some retellings that pretty much just copy pasted everything and just changed a little bit of the story here and there and while that might not be a bad thing, I prefer creative twist and turns. This is a YA novel so the language is supposed to be a little bit easier to understand but I am happy that it didn’t take anything away from the story.
I would say more but I don’t think I can anymore without spoiling things away. I will suggest this for everyone who loves an easy but interesting fantasy YA read and for everyone who are interested in retellings.