Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: January 3rd 2012
Number of Pages: 390
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Retelling
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 “honour” 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.
“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”
Cinder is the first book in The Lunar Chronicles Series and is a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella.
This book follows the story of Cinder who was turned into a cyborg at a young age after a horrific accident. She lives in the Eastern Commonwealth with her adoptive mother Adri and sisters Pearl and Peony after her adoptive father died of the plague. She is forced to work as a mechanic in order to make money for Adri and this is where she meets Prince Kai when he asks her to fix a royal android that may contain information that could influence the future of Earth and Luna.
The world building is really well done. This story takes place on Earth which is in the middle of a pandemic as a disease called letumosis is killing millions of people. Not only is Earth struggling to fight this disease but they are also on the brink of war with Luna. Lunar is a society of people who live on the moon and are ruled by Queen Levana. Originally the moon was colonised by Earth but over time those living on Luna evolved and are now able to control other people’s minds and bodies which lead to tension and mistrust between Luna and Earth.
Cinder is a badass character and her sarcasm is on point. She struggles to come to terms with who she is as she lives in a world where being a cyborg means people view her as less than human, a second rate citizen. She is an extremely strong character and protective of those she cares about.
Kai is completely devoted to his country and will do anything to protect his people even if that means marrying the psychotic Queen of Lunar Levana. He is sweet unbelievably loyal and can be very sassy when he wants.
Iko is by far one of my all time favourite side characters. She is an android that belongs to Cinders’ adoptive mother and is Cinders’ best friend. She is extremely sassy, confident and a complete Fangirl at heart.
Overall I was apprehensive when picking this book up as it doesn’t sound like something that should work but somehow Marissa Meyer managed to pull it off. Though this book is my least favourite in the series it’s still amazing and I gave it 4 out of five stars.