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 have had my eye on The Lunar Chronicles for quite a while so when I saw the first book displayed in the biggest Waterstones in London, I did not hesitate to buy it.
From the first page on, I immediately fell into the story. I was in love with Cinder who is a badass female cyborg that is also part human. In this particular setting the world we know is so much more advanced in technology. So when someone loses a body part, doctors are able to replace that body part with mechanic parts.
The story begins a little vague. You don’t know a thing but soon you realize that Cinder is a modern interpretation of te Fairy Tale Cinderella. But other than being a servant to her stepmother and her two evil stepsisters, Cinder is the family’s cyborg (which is basically a servant but she has some freedom) and a best friend to the youngest sister. And there’s no mice who can speak or sing.
Apart from that main storyline, Meyer manages to weave a mystery in there that will peak your interest and leave you hungry for more. Cinder is such an interesting and layered character… She’s friggin’ badass.
In this uptake of Cinderella, Cinder is the one who makes the money for her family. She’s a hardworking labourer who owns a mechanic shop in town. She’s the best mechanic there is but nobody knows that she’s part cyborg and is able to hack into computer programs with ease. On one of her working days, Cinder meets Prince Kai who roams the streets in disguise to search for the Empire’s most notorious mechanic, namely Cinder. After some chit-chat, the prince asks Cinder to go to the ball with him but she declines. There’s no reason for prince Kai to associate with her. Especially since he wouldn’t have anything to do with her if he knew she was part cyborg.
But Cinder’s fate seems to think otherwise. Due to a series of events concerning the Lunar Queen, Cinder finds herself stuck in the middle of an impending war and is forced to attend the ball -much to her family’s displeasure- to warn Kai and save his country from the hands of war.
I was screaming and bawling at the end of it.
Okay.. it was a little predictable but I don’t blame that on the writer OR the book. It’s all because I knew the fairy tale. BUT IT IS STILL SO DARN EXCITING!!
There’s so much going on in this book that it doesn’t get boring. Every time you feel yourself slipping into a slur, the book picks up the pace and shoves some twist in your face.
And HOLY HELL Prince Kai <3. He is so damn sexy that I just want to dive into the book, grab hold of him and never let go. He’s such a puppy dog that I felt so bad for him when stuff happened with his father. *protective Koala hold*
I ship him and Cinder so hard. SO. HARD. I can’t wait to find out what happens in book 2.
I give this book 4 stars. It was a great read but overal I did miss certain things and knowing the fairy tale took some of the edges off for me.