As a devoted fan of Heartless, which is the first book I’ve read by Marissa Meyer, I knew it was absolutely necessary for me to start the Lunar Chronicles. *SPOILERS*
A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.
This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.
Things I liked about it:
- The sci-fi aspect of this re-telling. The story of Cinderella is turned on it’s head and I FREAKING LOVE THAT. Cinder is a cyborg (human who died but was brought back to life as half robot), who also happens to be a Lunar. Lunars are a race of people who inhabit the moon, once human– they have now evolved into beings with super natural powers.
- Related to the above, I enjoyed the setting of New Beijing. Reminiscent of Warcross, I relished the high tech gadgets and superior technology of this world.
- I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I couldn’t put this book down. I needed to learn more about Cinder, why she’s immune to the plague sweeping her city, who her adoptive stepfather was, and if she’s gonna get out of that godforsaken jail!!! So I guess the plot is intriguing?
Things I didn’t like:
- There’s not enough information about the Lunar Colony! Or Queen Levana. By the end of the book we’re thrust with this new info that Cinder is actually Princess Selene, and you’re just like huh? NOT cool. I need some more background! Anyway, I’m reading Scarlet now so…we’ll see what happens.
Overall Rating: 4 stars.