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.I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I’m afraid of posting a negative review of a book that everybody loved except me. This is the case with Cinder. I just didn’t connect with the main characters that much. This is not exactly a negative review, but just me pointing out what didn’t work for me. I liked the book, but I didn’t love it.
Before anything, I have to say that the plot was very interesting. Trying to figure out what was this disease that was killing everyone and Cinder being a cyborg were the highlights of the book. Also, the writing was great, the pacing was fast, and the world building was incredibly well done. Despite the fact that I didn’t get the main characters, I did connect with one character in this book! Iko was my favorite. She was so much fun and cute, and I hope I see more of her in the next books. I’ve seen/read many Cinderella retellings, and I can say that Meyer gave us something a lot more original than just your regular Cinderella story.
What made this book 3 stars for me was the two main characters. Their relationship felt a bit forced. I tried really hard to feel something for their “relationship” but I couldn’t. I couldn't even tell if Prince Kai was interested in Cinder in a romantic kind of way. I can’t pinpoint why I feel this way about him. Maybe it was because every time he would ask Cinder to the ball he wouldn’t give a straight answer why he was asking her? Then every time Cinder tried to tell him about who she was something else would come up or she would back out. The whole Cinder-Kai situation was bit childish for my liking.
Even though I wasn’t a diehard fan of Cinder I’m still going to give the sequel a try. I've heard the series gets better with each book.