Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Edition Read: ebook
Seasonal Reading Challenge: Task 30.7, option 5 – Surprise – “My siblings and I are pretty good at guessing what we’ll find, but there’s always something different, that we didn’t expect to find. Read a book found on this list: Popular Classic Retellings Books.”
Blurb: 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.
This one has been on my radar for ages. I’ve seen lots of people talk about it, review it, love it, or hate it. As you know, I enjoy a good fairy tale retelling, but comparing this to Cinderella in any way is a bit odd. Odd in a good way though.
Sure, Cinderella in this story is a cyborg. She doesn’t leave a shoe at the ball, she leaves a foot instead. Sort of. It’s an interesting dystopian take on the story, but it also completely stands on its own as being a completely new story. Especially once the Lunars get involved. In this future, there are beings that live on the moon, that are very magical and very powerful, and want to take over Earth. And they are scary – especially the queen.
Cinder is a very interesting character. As I said, she’s a cyborg, but I loved that she was still very human. She’s trying to find her place in the world, trying to figure out who she is and what she wants and how to get it, which is something anyone can relate to. I loved the technology that this world has, a good mix of technical marvels and depravity that every good dystopian story needs.
I enjoyed this every much, even if reading it did add one more series to my list to obsess over. What can I say? I can’t help myself!