Source: Feiwel & Friends/Netgalley – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Edition: eARC, 387 pages
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fantasy
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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.
Oh my gosh! Where to even start with this? I’m in love, plain and simple.Everything from the cover to to the amazing ways it’s written is just phenomenal!
I thought the cover was beautiful and intriguing, and to be completely honest when I saw it I was so drawn to it I simply had to request it from Netgalley. I’m so glad I chose to read this, because I was in such a reading slump. Nothing was interesting, nothing seemed to hold my attention. But this changed everything, it has me super excited for its release and I’m practically itching to make all my friends buy it. *breathes* Okay, now…to review.
As you can see from the little blurb this is an odd and unique retelling of Cinderella, and it’s probably something that you might be a little unsure about at first. I mean Cinderella, cyborgs and lunar people? What a combination! But you must trust Ms. Meyer, you are in wonderful hands and she won’t let you down. The story was beautifully written, easy to understand, and absolutely gripping. The writing style is so refreshing and flows with such an ease, not to mention the details that make this story come to life. It is of course similar to Cinderella but it doesn’t follow so closely that you get bored, sure you know some aspects that will happen but it doesn’t ruin it at all. Instead you find yourself reading more just to see how she’ll get to those points. Cinder is a fantastic main character and is probably one of the most human characters I’ve had the pleasure of reading about. She doesn’t try to be overly tough or complain about everything under the sun, her reactions are real and you can feel them with her. I loved the detail put into describing her cyborg interface, it’s so rich and easy to picture. I love Prince Kai, and I’m fairly sure I can be added to his ‘fangirl’ list. I loved Iko and Peony, and even somewhat loved Levana…but that was more in a “this is an awesome character” kind of way. The Lunars are a simply fantastic addition to this story as well, it does seem weird that moon people are involved but Meyer handles it with skill. They are intriguing and I can’t wait to see more of them.
I can’t say that there was anything I didn’t like. I mean sure I hated some of the characters, but I only hated them in the way they were supposed to be hated. In fact I haven’t felt that much hatred toward a character since Umbridge from Harry Potter. Other characters and situations I found myself getting upset and anxious for them.
Simply put…it was wonderful and I’m buying this when it comes out.