Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Number of Pages: 387
Where I got this book: purchased from Wal-Mart for book club
My rating: 5/5
Summary 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."
Ok, I'll be honest. My initial reaction was "a cyborg Cinderella? eh....I don't know about this...." I generally am not big on the cyborg scene - a little too sci fi for me. But, I kept reading all these rave reviews, so I decided to listen to my fellow bloggers. I am glad I did! It was such a fabulous and unique retelling of the Cinderella story perfect for today's dystopian fans!
I loved Cinder! She is a perfect example of a strong female protagonist. I think that fans of Katniss of The Hunger Games will adore her as well. I mean, she's a mechanic, after all - pretty cool! But, she has a really awesome soft side as well. She is very much mistreated by her stepmother (of course - this IS a cinderella story after all), and one of her step sisters is pretty awful, but the other step sister she is very protective of. When she gets sick, it's pretty easy to see how deep Cinder's love for her is.
This is only the first of a 4 part series...(waaaah, the next is almost a whole year away!!!). The romance with Prince Kai was barely touched upon in this book. But, I'm sure there will be more on that in the next book. I am certainly intrigued by him and am dying to know what happens next! There is a definite cliff hanger at the end of the book as we find out some background information about Cinder....you will just have to read the book to find out what that is!
What are you waiting for?? Go get it now! :)