YA Science Fiction (Twisted Fairy Tale)
Available Jan. 3, 2012
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
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.
Positive: Cinder. This girl, despite her upbringing and her stepmother’s hatred and ill-treatment, has a seriously large heart. She adores her youngest stepsister, she cares for her little robot friend, and she has it in her to care for those who would rather she didn’t exist. Because she’s got non-human parts, she’s considered a second-class citizen and property of her stepmother.
Positive: The settings. New Beijing isn’t a place I’d like to live but it’s very cool, incorporating new technologies with the old world, busy marketplaces and a majestic palace. Then there’s the moon. Oh yes, my friends, humans colonized the moon and those who live up there are now…different. Changed. They can influence emotions, sway kings and poison minds. Their queen is terrible, a woman who killed all those who could oppose her, one who wants to rule both the sky and the earth. She’s fabulously evil.
Positive: The sweet romance. Prince Kai’s a bit naive but he’s sweet and kind and likes Cinder, though he doesn’t know what she is (a cyborg). Cinder’s an enigma to him and he’s intrigued–just as she’s intrigued by him, though she knows she can never really have him as hers. While trying to decode the mysteries swirling around them, they connect and fall for each other.
Wish: That this was a stand-alone. It’s not Cinder’s fault but there’s been such a glut of series started within the last year or so that I just need some stand-alones. Actually, I want a bunch of stand-alones. This wasn’t a terrible cliffhanger BUT there were a lot of lines left dangling, and we have to wait a year until the next book in this series of four. Sadness.
Overall: Imaginative, intriguing, and immensely entertaining, CINDER kicks off the new year with a bang.
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