young adult • fantasy • romance • retelling
It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful.
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 was so amazingly beautiful. The idea of a setting in New Beijing? Prepare to be awed by the power of Asian, guys!
First of all, I think it was really intriguing and futuristic to make a main character a cyborg cinderella. I love her character so much as she wasn’t the typical Cinderella character who I feel was a bit weak and whiny. She was strong and didn’t feel sorry for herself. She lived with a main goal which is to leave away from her stepmother and stepsister and she sticks with that. She didn’t let them affect her to constantly fight with them, she just did what they said she must do, but still smart enough to plan her runaway mission. She had this fellow cyborg accompaniment—whom I also really loved—Iko, that was very likable and a really good friend.
The romance in this book is pretty much believable. No insta love (Thank God!). Cinder was so focused on her current situation that she didn’t let feelings for Prince Kai distracts her. And that my friend, was so making me love the story.
The villain in this book wasn’t really annoying. I mean, I kind of understand the reasoning behind her stepmother and her stepsisters action. And they weren’t being really really cruel to her. I don’t know, it seems like their relationship was much better than the actual fairy tale of cinderella. Her stepsister Peony was more in the good side that I felt really bad when she had the plague at the beginning of the story.
Where the story was going somehow a bit predictable, maybe Meyer wasn’t intending it to be that shocking either since there was a couple hint here and there at the beginning. But it still was such a good twist indeed. And that ending, come on, why did it have to end there? I was so unprepared for the cliff.