I love young adult (YA) fiction. Even though my favorite book in middle school was The Bell Jar (decidedly NOT a YA book), as an adult I still enjoy a good YA read. Cinder is a really really really good YA read.
Set in a future still recovering from the wars of the past, Cinder is a cyborg mechanic who lives in New Beijing. At only 16, she’s really freaking good at her job. So good, in fact, that the prince seeks her out to fix his android. She’s named Cinder, she’s dirty (literally-she’s a mechanic, she’s covered in grease), and she meets the prince.
I see where this is going.
But WAIT! Plot twist!
There’s a plague that’s been killing people on Earth really quickly and even the royal emperor’s personal scientists can’t come up with a cure. And, oh yeah, there’s also a dictator queen on the moon (yes, there are living beings on the moon called Lunars), and she very much wants to marry the prince, for reasons that may or may not be evil. When Cinder gets drafted to be experimented on in the hopes of finding a cure (i.e. be killed trying) she discovers that there’s a lot more to her than she even knew.
I knew it was part of a series, and I mistakenly thought that each book focused on a different fairy tale and they were all separate stories. However, after the cliff-hanger ending of Cinder, I am very excited to read the rest of this series.
Cinder is a typical teenage girl. Sure, she has internal meters that can tell her when she needs to calm down, or when someone is lying. But she also feels alone, like a freak, ashamed of her cyborg-ness and with no real recollections of her family. She can feel sorry for herself at times, and she breaks the rules. Her few friends are her family’s android and her nice step sister. They are the only ones on her side against her awful stepmother, mean stepsister, and even against her government, which treats cyborgs as lesser than humans. She is strong and fiercely loyal, and a character people can rally behind.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
I am a sucker for modern takes on old tales, and this one was very inventive. I was expecting an okay book about a cyborg Cinderella. I was treated to an exceptional book about a cyborg named Cinder who risks it all to help her home and her people.
Check this book out. You won’t regret it!
Side note: Marissa Meyer, if you ever want to do an interview for an up and coming book blog (this one!), I would LOVE to chat with you! (Shameless self-promotion)