I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on 1-3-2012
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
Cinder is a futuristic tale (borrowing some elements from Cinderella) in which a young mechanic girl (part cyborg) catches the eyes of a prince. She is invited to a ball with him but her stepmother and sister make that difficult. Meanwhile a plague sweeps the nation and the Lunar colonies threaten war.
So initially I was a bit skeptical of the book based on the fairytale premise, but it really turned out well. It has a lot of science fiction elements including the lunar people, cyborgs, androids, letamosis (a plague), hover vehicles, etc. And things were done differently (for example, one of the step-sisters was a wonderful person, and the step-mother is far from the main villain).
I really liked the romance, the political intrigue, the secrets of the Lunars, the evil Lunar queen, and of course prince Kai. The characters were well done, and I never lost interest in the plot.
I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was superb.
This was a wonderful book (5 stars for me) and I’m really looking forward to reading the sequels.