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.
I thought this book was overall really original (considering it was loosely based on Cinderella). I mean who would have guessed, a cyborg/alien princess mechanic with memory loss thinking she was once human.
I started this book not knowing exactly what it was about, but quickly got sucked right in. I felt a connection to the main character, Cinder right away – I love when that happens! She was very well developed and had a distinct personality that had lots of depth and was in no way cliche.
Even the storyline itself was exciting. I mean, obviously there was an evil stepmother and an evil stepsister, an invitation to a ball, Cinder being their slave, blah blah blah. But even with all that, the modern elements and a plague threatening the entire human race gave the story more energy and excitement.
The reason I gave this book 4.5 stars instead of 5 is for a couple reasons:
- I was confused when the chapters started switching main points of view. There was no real pattern to how that was laid out and I would have liked more consistency with that.
- I had predicted the ending of the book about half way through. It seemed to be a little too obvious as to who Cinder really was/is.
Overall I loved the plot twists, the interesting characters, and the entire world this story takes place in. Yet for some reason I don’t have a huge urge to continue the series.