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.
My first impression when I first heard about Cinder was “What?! Cinderella? A Cyborg? No way! I have to read this.” I’ve seen and read a lot of retells, re-envisions, and remakes of Cinderella but I never would have thought I’d actually read about a futuristic one – a cyborg Cinderella. It caught my attention right away but I was hesitant on reading it. I was so intrigued and amazed by the idea that I didn’t want to risk being completely turned off if I find it not up to my expectations. I couldn’t handle any more disappointments (dramatic, I know). If it wasn’t for my challenges, I would have just kept postponing reading it.
Cinder was very unexpected. I loved how it was not even close to the Cinderella that I grew up with. I can see how the essence of the characters were somewhat close but definitely not the personalities of the characters! The author succeeded in taking the essence of the Cinderella that we all know and transforming it completely into this awesome, ingenious, amazing new world in the future.
Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.
I loved Cinder! She’s definitely one of my favorite characters of all time. She’s so different from the clueless, too-kind, submissive Cinderella from the fairy tale. She’s funny, lively, unapologetic, and she’s an amazing mechanic – the best in her area!
“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.”
As for the prince in Cinder, he was nothing like the prince from the fairy tale… No, wait, scratch that! I don’t know anything about the prince from the fairy tale. His personality was never really described much – not even enough to actually make him a main character. But Prince Kai was another story! He was sarcastic, funny, strong-willed, and persistent. I loved his conversations with Queen Levana – it made me laugh!
“Right,” said Kai, “that’ll be no problem in a city of two and a half million people. Let me just go dig out my special Lunar detector, and I’ll get right on that.”
Two more characters I loved were Iko and Dr. Erland. Iko was adorable, cute, funny, very opinionated (for an android), and girly. Dr. Erland, on the otherhand, I’m thinking, is the fairy godmother of the story. I think about my grandpa when I read about him. He was wise and funny at times.
“I’m not sure I would label it a ‘survivor,'” said Iko, her sensor darkening with disgust. “It looks more like a rotting pumpkin.”
“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”
I also liked how the stepmother had a reason for hating Cinder, unlike in the fairy tale where she was just evil. It might not have been a rational reason for hating her but it was a reason. Now as for Queen Levana, I hated her so much but I loved her character as well. She was just pure evil and talk about vanity!
Cinder has a lot of potential and it’s a very new concept to me. I can just hope that Marissa will take advantage of all it’s potential and write more awesome sequels. It really deserves the 5 hearts I’m giving it (I would even give it 10 if my ratings go that far). I can’t even express how much I loved this book and the concept. Marissa is a genius and her idea is so unique! This is probably the start of a new trend – awesome cyborg fairy tales. It can even be it’s own genre!
I recommend this to everyone! It doesn’t matter what age group you belong to or what genres you like reading, if you know the Cinderella fairy tale, you should definitely read this. I loved it so much that when I have kids, I’ll read them Cinder, instead of the Cinderella I grew up knowing.
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