Publisher: Puffin Books
Published: 9th January 2012
Pages: 390 Pages
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
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.
I’m probably late to jump onto the bandwagon, but I’ve finally decided to pick up the first in The Lunar Chronicles series. My copy was from Foyles in London and it has travelled with me on a few journeys – I’ve travelled a lot recently.
Based on the traditional story of Cinderella, Cinder has all the elements of the original story – a Prince Charming who is hosting a ball with Cinder having step sisters and a wicked step mother. However, nothing is as traditional as it seems, Cinder is a Cyborg which means she is part human, part metallic; she’s incredibly special to a lot of people and is keeping it a secret.
The world Cinder lives in is different to most, she’s part of earth where as the moon houses a race called the Lunars they are trying to sign a peace treaty between the two, but the Lunars are rumoured to want to destroy the human race. Prince Kai (Prince Charming) is having none of it, his character is VERY stubborn. Will a war break out or will they both come to a compromise?
I was a little dissapointed that there wasn’t much reference to the traditional Cinderella considering it’s named after the original. The only similarities were the ones mentioned above and that’s as close as it got. I’m not suggesting that it be a duplicate, but maybe just some more elements. Then again, Marissa’s imagination takes you to another dimension and the fantasy/Sci-fi twist makes you mind run into overdrive. It was cleverly written and nothing like I’ve read before. I especially liked the epidemic hitting humans which sees them developing a deadly disease, this adds some emotion to the story because otherwise it’s very hard hitting.
The book in a nutshell… A classic Cinderella story flipped on its head with a futuristic twist.