Summary (courtesy of 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. And here's what I thought:
I enjoyed this book. I thought the author did a really neat
trick with the story, using some of the elements of the traditional
Cinderella story, and then turning things around and giving them a
futuristic, sci-fi setting and main character. It makes for an
interesting book --- just when you think you might know where the story
is going, or what's going to happen next, there's a twist. I felt that
Cinder Linh, our main character, was realistically written
(personality-wise, although the cyborg elements also were well-written
and made sense), and the story progressed along with an even pace.
She's not the only well-written character, however --- even the
supporting characters, like Prince Kai and Cinder's sisters, are
If you're not someone who reads a lot of science
fiction, don't let that scare you away from this book. The science
fiction elements of it are just part of the story, and while they do
drive the story, and some of the decisions that Cinder makes, there's a
lot to enjoy in this story: adventure, a bit of romance, a bit of
mystery --- and an overall good story.
The screw through Cinder's ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks
worn to a mangled circle. Her knuckles ached from forcing the
screwdriver into the joint as she struggled to loosen the screw one
gritting twist after another. By the time it was extracted far enough
for her to wrench free with her prosthetic steel hand, the hairline
threads had been stripped clean.
Thoughts on the cover:
Perfect! Eye-catching, and gets across the cyborg/mechanical aspect of
the story. And I love the font of the title -- very cool! Please
note: I read an ARC of this book, so any quotes/page numbers may
differ upon final publication -- which is set for January, 2012.
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