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.
Let me just put it this way...I've read this book twice. Yeah. TWICE. In the midst of a ever-growing to-read pile, I came crawling back to read Cinder again.
I love this book.
There are no words for how much I love this book.
First of all, it's Cinderella but with cyborgs. Sci-fi Cinderella, people! Fairy tales and sci-fi all mixed together into a delightful concoction that I devoured. Twice.
Okay, back on topic. Cinder is set in future China after several world wars have altered the governing bodies. Cinder is a mechanic who supports her step-family with her work. She's also a cyborg, and cyborgs are second-class-citizens at best, so when Kai, the prince of the nation, shows up at her stall, Cinder kind of panics. She doesn't let him know she's a cyborg. Why would she? It isn't like a prince would ever have any interest in a mechanic.
But then Cinder's world changes forever, and she's caught up in a journey of fear and betrayal, of plagues and royalty and danger and death. And while it follows the tale of Cinderella beautifully, it also has a bunch of twists and turns along the way.
The characters are top-notch. Cinder is wonderfully flawed and Kai is swoon-worthy, strong and broken at the same time.
I loved everything about this book. Execpt the fact that it ended. Someone needs to work on that.
Need book two now. So much.
Seriously, this book was so good.
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