Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles (Book #1)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy/Science Fiction
Publication: January 3, 2012
“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”
This book took a little while for me to get into, but I thought the latter half of the book was really engaging. The ending makes me want to read more about the characters. I want to know what happens to Cinder and Kai and even the supporting characters!! I loved Cinder’s character, but Kai’s character seemed a little bland to me.
The world building was very nicely done in this novel, and the powers that the Lunars have seem really interesting. There is a lot of potential for Meyer to play with in this world.
I adored the fairy tale re-telling. It was clear enough that I could draw parallels between the classic fairy tale and the retold version, but the story is still subtle enough that it is realistically adapted to this sci-fi version, and it isn’t the exact same. I’m excited to read the other books in this series!!