After reading through Michala’s “What I read in June” post, I was intrigued by the description for this book and I went on eBay to purchase it the same night. When the book arrived in my mail box, I started reading it right away, and finished it after a couple of hours. It has definitely been a long while since a book made me want to finish reading it and not finish it at the same time. It is a great story, it’s really interesting, it contains cyborgs, moon people, war and love and I think it’s worth a read. As Michala mentioned, it is written for teenagers but it also has mature themes like death and disease and mutilation so it would cater to a more adult audience too.
Cinder, the main character, is really relatable and I could put myself in her situation at times, when dealing with her legal guardian and others prejudice of her. The characters are brilliantly written and each have enough depth for you to create a bond with them. If you’re into novels like this then you should definitely give it a read! Hopefully you would end up enjoying it just as much as I did! I have just started the second book in the series so I’m hoping it will be just as good as the first, if not even better.
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 interference 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.