This is a review of “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer. It is the first novel in The Lunar Chronicles.
Cinder is a cyborg living in the city of New Beijing. It is many hundreds of years from now, and the world is a different place. New Beijing is suffering from a deadly plague. The emperor is dying, and there is no known cure. The Lunars are a eace of people who live on the moon. The Queen is ruthless, and will not stop at anything to get what she wants. And she wants to marry Prince Kai.
Cinder is a mechanic, and a pretty skilled one at that. She lives with her step-mother Adri, and her two step sisters Pearl and Peony. There is no one Cinder cares for more than Peony.
Prince Kai pays a visit to Cinder’s mechanic stall. He wishes to get an android repaired before the royal Peace Festival. Cinder takes the job. She heads home after a scary plague outbreak, and finds her sisters being fitted for their outfits for the Peace Festival celebrations. Cinder is told she’s not allowed to go unless she completes all the tasks. Cinder doesn’t really mind, she doesn’t intend to go anyway.
But then something terrible happens to Peony. Cinder is forced to go to the palace to “aid” in Peony’s recovery. It is here at the palace that Cinder finds out more about herself. And what she finds out is more than she ever thought possible…
Will Peony get better? Will Cinder escape the palace? What of the mysterious Lunars? And will Prince Kai still want to be her friend once he finds out that she’s a cyborg?