|Author: Marissa Meyer|
|Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy|
|Publisher: Feiwel & Friends|
|Elements: Cyborgs, futuristic|
|Series: Book 1 of the Lunar Chronicles series|
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.
Cinderella as a cyborg. Let’s take a minute to absorb that fact and continue. For all that I love the Cinderella aspects, and the futuristic re-imagining such as the pumpkin carriage and the prosthetic foot as the glass slipper, it was the Lunar dynamics and sci-fi elements unrelated to Cinderella that completely captured me.
The Lunar Queen, particularly. I love me some crazy tyrant who is at risk of losing her absolute power. *rubs hands together gleefully*
The struggle between Kai and the Queen was electric. Kai’s internal struggle was that of a new King: keeping the peace that had been established by his father, and wanting to make a stand for himself/ wanting better for his people. I’d love to see more development of Cinder and Kai’s relationship, as well as that between Cinder and her family.
That the moon, our moon, is now a kingdom by itself, and its people now not considered Earthlings not just by place of birth, but by the genetic mutation/evolution that occurred after eons of living there–that was my favourite, favourite, favouritest part.
CINDER would have gotten full marks, but it left me hanging right at the moment I was expecting some pretty heavy payoff. It was horrible, and I was left wondering if I’d gotten a book with half the story cut off. I was literally flipping through several copies at the bookstore, until I verified that nope, unless that store was particularly unlucky, that was where the book ended. The other customers had slowly been edging around me, and I wondered if it was due to the increasingly hysterical glint in my eye. ;-;