Date finished: Thursday 5th January 2017
First time reading?: Yes
From Goodreads: “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.”
An original twist on the Cinderella fairytale, this book surprised me and I ended up really enjoying it. Someone in my Instagram feed had posted several photos this year of books from the “Lunar Chronicles” saying they were one of her favourite series which prompted me to make it my first read of 2017.
With kindle editions of books, you never realise how many pages they actually are, and I was surprised to find out how long this book was when I saw it in the shops because I’ve blasted through it in five days. It really is un-put-down-able. The writing flows wonderfully and the characters are well fleshed out; even those who only have a small role within this novel. I found myself caring for characters who only got a scene or two in the whole novel.
My only gripe I had was that I found Cinder’s true identity to be very predictable. I’m attempting not to give too much away, and I know this will be important for the rest of the series, but as soon as it was suggested I knew exactly who she would end up being. But I suppose this only book one and I predict that her true identity will have major ramifications for the plot line as the series progresses.
I did enjoy the idea that Price Kai was just as prejudiced as the rest of his people. In novels it is too common for our hero and the live interest of our heroine to just forget that they’ve been prejudiced towards (in this instance) cyborgs their whole life and just accept it because they’re madly in love. It added a sense of realism that he was incredibly hurt and didn’t want anything more to do with her once he found out Cinder was a cyborg.
The concept for this novel was a highly original one. I love a good twist on a classic well known story, and this one was brilliant. I’ve definitely got the rest of the series added to my want to read pile.
My rating: 8/10