Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Published: January 3, 2012 by: Feiwal and Friends
Rating: 4/5 stars
As an incurable plague rages over New Beijing, mechanic and cyborg Cinder faces mistreatment by her stepmother and stepsisters, as well as keeping a secret from the charismatic Prince Kai, one of her clients, that she is part robot. When her sister falls ill, Cinder is immediately blamed for her exposure, but her life is spared when she finds out that she is immune from the disease. Suddenly Cinder is whisked into testing and prodding, as scientists try to figure out if she is the key to an antidote. But war from the Lunar People is on the horizon, and when their ruthless leader Queen Levana comes to Earth to pursue Kai, it's up to Cinder to try and save her beloved nation, and her heart.
I dnf'ed this book a few years ago. I thought it was weird and boring, and there were too many elements to it. So when this book reappeared in my life now, I was a little dubious. However I gave it a try again, and I was very surprised by my change in heart and I really appreciated it's uniqueness.
I loved how this book had a very diverse take on Cinderella. It had some of the elements to the original story, such as the evil stepmother, the ball, etc., but it was done in a way that was really cool and unique. Cinder is not your typical princess at all, and I loved how they didn't portray her as a damsel in distress or anything. She was a strong independent mechanic, which is not something you see everyday.
I don't usually go for science fiction as I can find myself getting lost in it sometimes, but this book was very engaging and I felt engrossed in it! Maybe I was just in a reading slump last time I read it, because I found that this time around, it was very interesting and cool to read about! It's something that I've never read before, that's for sure.
I think that the only thing I didn't like about this book, is that it has many elements to it. There's science fiction, robots, royalty, fairytale retelling, dystopia, that sometimes it's hard to grasp all the concepts. I feel like there's too many elements to this book that some things just get lost.
So overall, I'm happy I gave this book a go again and I'm happy with the result. However I do think that maybe there are just a bit too many things to this book, that it's hard to appreciate all of it.
Have you read Cinder? What did you think?
Emily @ Paperback Princess