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.
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Number of Pages: 390
Reviewed by Amanda, age 17
I read Cinder, a twist on the classic tale Cinderella. Right away the pace of the book I liked and the writing that completely transported me to the city it takes place in without being overly descriptive. The twist of Cinderella and how it was done through the book I really liked because the main character, Linh Cinder but Cinder for short, wasn't what you’d expect when you think of the classic tale (like being part cyborg, let's say). It was weird because sometimes it seemed slow, but at the same time I couldn't put it down. So the pacing wasn't very fast but the plot made up for it. However, I was disappointed when I’d only made it into the first third of the book and I could already guess what was going to happen at the end. The plot gives you enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and doubting though. It’s more of a laid back tale so you’re not having a panic attack at every page. The way that Meyer wrote the ending definitely makes me want to read Scarlet, which is the sequel. If you like the classic fairytales I’d recommend this one for sure because it's a twist that definitely hasn't been done before.
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Amanda, age 17