Author: Marissa Meyer.
Published: January 3rd 2012.
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends.
Sort: Part one from ‘Lunar Chronicles’
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the 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'm sure I'll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”
It’s amazing! I can’t wait to read the next book, because the ending makes you greedy for more. If you want to find out for yourself, here you can read an expert from the story: Chapter 1 – 5. And there is an extra story and you can find it over here: Glitches. It tells the story of a young Cinder and her stepfather Garan. It broke my heart.
Linh Cinder lives in New Beijing and works as a (talented) mechanic. She’s not a normal girl; she is a cyborg. She was adopted by her stepfather who found her somewhere in Europe. After his death, she became a slave for the family, but things are about to change.
On a normal working day, an unusual man walks into her store. It’s Crown Prince of the Eastern commonwealth Kaito (also called ‘Kai’) He wants her to restore one of his androids. After he leaves, there is an outbreak in the store across her shop. There is another case of Letumosis; a dangerous disease which already claimed many lives. When her sister Peony catches the disease, her stepmother reports Cinder as volunteer. They are using cyborgs to come up with a medicine, since the King has fallen ill.
Cinder is perfect for the job. The doctor wants to use her blood for the cure. He will provide Peony with a vaccine if Cinder helps him. In the mean time, she keeps running into Prince Kai and he gives her a lot of attention. It’s clear that he quite likes her, but there are rumors that he will be married to Queen Levana, a Lunar. That would be a disaster, since the Lunars are a treat to the whole world. When Cinder discovers some terrible news after the arrival of the Queen on earth, it’s up to her to inform the prince. That’s not without danger.
The doctor provided her with a lot of revealed secrets around her mysterious past. She can’t remember anything from before the hover incident (which claimed her hand, feet and parents) and when she finds out who she truly is, she must run for her life. The Queen wants her dead for a ‘good’ reason. If Cinder manages to escape, she will become on of the most wanted fugitives.
Cinder is a wonderful girl. She is brave and she even risks her life in order to protect Kai. There is absolutely no instant love between the two. Better yet, Cinder tries to push him away, but he keeps coming back for her. She lives in a horrible family. Peony is a sweet girl, but Pearl needs a good smack in the face. Her stepmother Adri doesn’t appreciate Cinder and she gives her a hard time. Cinder still manages to stay caring and kind.
Kai is great and I love how we really get to meet him. The chapters switch between Kai’s and Cinder’s story. We also have the doctor. All the information we get, comes from him and I found him touching. There is something warm and friendly about him and in the end, he is the one who tries to save Cinder.
I saw some parts of the story coming, but it was still satisfying when the plot reveals itself. This book surely doesn’t disappoint! I love the concept and the way the story unfolds. The big lines of the real Cinderella story are their, but Marissa found a way to create a wonderful new story.
The world-building is great. We get a lot of information about The Lunars and their Queen. It’s not strange that the Earth is afraid of her. She uses her glamour to silence her people and she kills everyone who stands in her way – including her niece Princess Selene. Although.. there are whispers that the princess survived and Prince Kai is searching for her, so he can marry her.
The writing style is flawless and I can’t wait to find out what will happen next. Cinder will meet Red Riding Hood, how awesome is that?