Series: Lunar Chronicles #1 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Date Published: January 3, 2012 Buy: Amazon
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.
WARNING: This is a really old review and makes no sense
When I first saw this book I was really excited to read it. I mean books from a cyborgs POV are kinda rare but as I read more about it I realized it’s a Cinderella retelling. I didn’t want a fairy tale. When you think of those fairy tales you loved as a kid you realize how pathetic the girls were at times and how they were looked down upon in so many of the stories. All they ever did was be pretty and be saved by princes'. So I decided I probably wouldn’t read this book because if the main character was going to be a whiny little girl, I had no interest what so ever. There are enough of those kind of books out there. Sometimes I’d come back to read the reviews anyway because of the pretty cover and because I secretly hoped I was wrong and that this book would be super awesome. After reading the reviews for the millionth time I finally made up my mind to read the book. I think I kinda hate myself for putting it off for so long.
This book is my kind of book, it has a bit of sci fic but in the sense of fancy technology, it has great world building and that’s saying a lot because I usually don’t pay that much attention to it. I was so amazed by the world Marissa had build, I kept on imagining the other aspects of it and wanted to learn so much more about it.
I think the best part of this book was the main character, Cinder. She is one of the best female leads ever. I think this because for her it isn’t about the one guy. She may like him but she has lots of other things on her mind, she has her priorities set. She isn’t going to change things because of a guy, it takes more than that to change her mind.
I know I make it seem like I don't like Prince Kai but I am in love with him. So it's all good. I think he is as awesome as Cinder. I don’t like some of the decisions he makes but they weren’t made for selfish reasons so I cannot get mad at him for that. I really didn’t know what to expect from Prince Kai when I started the book, but the opening scene changed whatever I could have thought of him. He cared about his country and wanted what was best for them.
Oh and don’t forget IKO!! The awesomest robot ever built. She is a robot with a personality defect and well let's just say that makes her have some of the best lines in the book. She also has the role of being Cinder's companion because Cinder doesn't really have anyone else.
Marissa does a great job with the details. The way she combines the details of the original Cinderalla tale into her own story is so wonderful. There were times I was sitting there and wondering how this woman could have come up with such great ideas.
This book is one of a kind and I recommend it to everyone.