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.
The world introduced in this book is completely original. The author includes the dynamics of politics and anarchy into the story in an effortless way. The main character is a strong independent woman who despite having disabilities such as an arrogant stepmother does everything in her power to provide for her family. This is the kind of books teens should be reading. Stories leaded by a strong female character.
That being said I also think that the plot of the story was quite generic. This could be because the book obviously follows the plotline of the classic story Cinderella, which is my main problem with this book. From the start I knew that this main character would have a mean step mother and sister, would fall in love with a prince and then there would be a ball, all of my predictions became truth which annoyed me very much because I like to have the element of surprise in the books I read. Of course through the story there are some elements that I found incredibly interesting like the disease brought by the lunar to earth and the story of the lost lunar princess.
Overall Cinder was an entertaining book, well written and appropriate for teens and young adults, but I’m not interested enough to read the entire series.