Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 3rd, 2012
Genres: science fiction
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 no idea why it took me so long to read this book. Oh. My. Goodness. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. All I knew was that it was a retelling of Cinderella & that it was heavy on the science fiction stuff. I was really nervous about reading it and now that I think about it, that’s probably what made me hold off for so long. So many bloggers loved it and I was so afraid that I’d be the black sheep. I SO wanted to avoid that.
Thank goodness I avoided it! I am so happy I read this book. Very rarely do I finish a book and want to immediately jump into the next book in the series, but with Cinder, that was exactly how I felt. I love that feeling!
In the beginning, it was a bit slow for me, but I got sucked into it by about the 25th page. By that point, I was excited to read it and I never wanted to put it down. I also shipped Cinder & Iko way more than I should have. I loved the friendship between Cinder & Iko. When I started the book, I was worried about how the characters would come off given that not all of them were entirely human. I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to relate to them. I was worried I wouldn’t like them all that much.
But again, I was wrong. I absolutely loved Cinder. She was a badass, she was stubborn and she was loyal to those who were kind to her, like Iko & Peony. She also wasn’t a girly girl which is something I feel needs to be seen more often in YA. Especially when it comes to attracting someone. So often girls are told they have to “act like a girl” or “be feminine” if they want to be attractive to someone. Cinder challenges that. Especially considering the fact that she’s pat cyborg and yet she still attracts Prince Kai.
The world building was fantastic and I was able to see in my minds eye every single location that Cinder or Prince Kai visited because the writing and the world building was so well done. I was really grateful that information was spaced out in the book so there was no info dumping. I was able to learn more and more about the world as the book continued.
I wasn’t really a huge fan of Prince Kai. There was nothing really that excited me about him. The character development was pretty good, but I just never warmed up to him. A guy has got to have more than looks and an important title to get me excited about him. I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance either. Like I said, I shipped Cinder & Iko, which turned out to be very problematic and the source of the book hitting my wall in frustration at least once.
I am very excited to see what happens in the next book, and I can only hope I enjoyed it as much and maybe even more than this one.