Cinder (Lunar Chronicles)

Synopsis:

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.


The Phoenix’s Perspective

Cinderella meets Star Trek. Well, as close to that as you can get. Cinder is a cyborg living with a stepmother and two stepsisters who treat her like garbage.  Thanks to the society they live in, she will always be treated that way because she is technically property instead of a person with rights.  Cinder has never known much about her past.  Her father adopted her, but beyond that she has no real idea.  Meyer’s story takes on us on an interesting journey of discovery — learning just as much about Cinder’s past as we begin to learn about the people around her.

I am always a fan of new age re-telling of old fairy tales, but Cinder had even more to it. We are no longer just looking at a pretty girl trying to get out of a tough situation with a prince to rescue her. We are seeing the daily struggle of a young woman battling the cards she’s been dealt.  Sure it would have been great to have the prince there, but with or without him she is getting to the bottom of everything.

Cinder is independent, smart and witty. It is great to see a new leading lady for young girls to look up to — one that depends on herself, one that sees her prince as a prospective aspect of her future happiness instead of him being it and not having him ending her world, one who wants to correct and understand her past versus pretending it never happened.


Would I add it to the library?

It was a really good read and I look forward to reading Scarlet sometime soon.

 

Genre: Fiction – fantasy, sci-fi, fairy tales, post apocalypse
ISBN: 9781250007209
Rating: good

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