Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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.
“Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?”
Cinder is the retelling of Cinderella with a side of Cyborg. The story begins with Cinder a well-known mechanic. She is a teenager but she is great at her job. It probably helps that she is part Cyborg.
Cinder's at her work stand when she's approached by Prince Kai, the next in line to become Emperor of New Beijing's Eastern Commonwealth. Prince Kai asks Cinder to fix his personal android. It seems she (the android) has important information. After they cross paths, Cinder is thrown into a world of death, revelations, and politics. New Beijing is dealing with a deadly plague known as Letumosis. There is no antidote, no cure. Cinder has no idea that because of it, her boring life is about to change.
I love my Disney's princesses. Cinderella is one of them. As you can imagine, Cinder is loosely based on this fairytale. Yes, Cinder has a step-mother and two step-sisters. There's a prince. A famous ball. Cinder is mistreated by her stepmother just like in the books. That's where the similarities mostly end.
First major change, Cinder is a Cyborg. Second big change, the moon has inhabitants. They are called lunar and they have powers. Manipulation of human minds is one of them, they also are able to use glamor, just like the Fae. I believe these specific changes are the main reason why I enjoyed this story so much despite guessing the plot from the beginning.
After reading Cinder, I'm going to be starting Scarlet next.
“Mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”