Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Also in this series: Scarlet, Fairest, Cress, Winter
Published by Feiwel and Friends on January 3, 2012
Genres: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales
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.
Since I’ve had the Lunar Chronicles series on my shelves for the longest time, I figured that it was time that I finally picked up and read the series. I read Cinder by Marissa Meyer years ago when it was first released so this was a reread for me. The first time that I read it, I gave it five stars. That changed for me during the reread, and here’s why.
what i liked
- It’s a retelling of Cinderella! Cinderella is my all time favorite princess, so I was really looking forward to reading about her.
- There’s a science fiction twist! I love sci-fi things, so that really made me like this book more.
- PRINCE KAI. He was so completely lovable and dreamy, probably because he’s a prince. But also, he can look past everything about Cinder, which I really admired.
- Cinder was part cyborg! I’ve never read a book about cyborgs before.
- THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT LIVE ON THE MOON. If only that actually could happen and people could live on the moon now! Except the moon people in this world are called Lunars and they are horrible people, *cough cough* Queen Levana.
- The plague. I know that’s a horrible thing to like, but I just find it very interesting, especially when you find out what brought the plague to the people in the first place.
what i disliked
- The book seemed a little slow at times. To be honest, it took me a little while to get into it. I started out listening to it on audiobook, though I found myself zoning out a bit and thinking about other stuff, so I decided to switch over to my physical copy which helped a little bit. I still found it a little meh at times though.
Obviously I had way more pros than cons for this book. I give it a four star rating because I am definitely looking forward to moving on with the rest of the series!