“Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interface has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on. Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived. But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.”
I picked this book up at a bookstore about a year ago. A cousin of mine had read it and when I asked her about it she told me that although she thought the book had a slow beginning, it did have a great end and in all was a pretty good book. So when I saw it, on sale I might add, I bought it. But I am one of those people that if I am going to buy, or start reading, a book then I have to have the rest of the series available as well so that I won’t have to wait. A few months ago I bought the next two books and decided that I should go ahead and give this book a try. Cinder is the first novel in the Lunar Chronicles series. I found myself liking this book a lot, yet at the same time I found myself bored while reading. During the first two hundred pages all I could think about was “she’s a robot, she’s a robot, she’s a robot.” But she wasn’t. Sure Cinder had a few metal limbs but she wasn’t a robot. The science within this novel was the only part that I didn’t particularly enjoy. Although, by the end of the novel I did become use to them and actually found them to be quite interesting. Without it, the book wouldn’t be what it is. It is based on the story of Cinderella but with more modern twists. Cinder still lived with an evil step-family, still had to work a lot, and still fell in love with the prince. Yet, even though those aspects of the story were still the same it was completely different. I did think the beginning of this story was a bit slow but once it picked up it was pretty good. If you don’t mind reading about science and robots then you’ll enjoy it. I’m not a fan of both topics yet I enjoyed this novel (primarily because it was based on a fairy tale that I have loved since I was little). I hope you enjoy reading this novel!