Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Square Fish
Published Date: January 8th, 2013
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Audio Time: 10 hr 2 min
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”
Cinder is a mechanic who is in the care of her horrible adopted mother and siblings after her adopted father died suddenly from the virus that is becoming a huge problem in the commonwealth.
She is forced to work, in order for the rest of them to live high and she gets hardly anything in return. Very similar to the original fairytale I believe. Of course, this one is different though because Cinder is a cyborg and the world that they all live in now has gone through four world wars. Royal monarchs are still around are in charge of whole commonwealths now.
Cinder does end up meeting with the prince in a very different way than the story we all know though. This prince needs help in repairing something very dear to him. This prince though thankfully isn't full of himself and is actually mostly respectful of Cinder's wishes.
“He was the fantasy of every girl in the country. He was so far out of realm, her world, that she should have stopped thinking about him the second the door had closed. Should stop thinking about him immediately. Should never think about him again, except maybe as a client--and her prince.Tragedy's end up happening to both Cinder and the prince's families that bring them closure together and far apart all at the same time.
And yet, the memory of his fingers against her skin refused to fade.”
Overall I loved this book. Which was surprising to me as I normally don't like fairytales or fairytale retellings in general. This one worked for me though. Not only do we have Cinder who is part human and part cyborg but we also have her robot friend that is hilarious and get Cinder to stop being so cynical and to dream for a change. Cinder's level of sarcasm when it came to dealing with her cyborg-ness was pretty funny.
Obviously like others have already stated this book deals with the world building and giving us the information to know what's been happening. In the next book, I'm hoping more is explained about the Lunar Queen and how that ended up happening, as well as the cyborgs being a thing.