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.
I really liked this book in theory, I just found a lot of things to be confusing. One of the main things I found confusing was the hatred of Cyborgs. It’s never really explained when, how or why cyborgs were created so the hatred of them is never explained. I also hate when characters are repeatedly thrown facts and should leap to a logical conclusion but don’t and then the author makes it seem like some big surprise at the end. Please, give us readers a little more credit. Also I don’t really see this as a “retelling” of Cinderella. Besides there being a wicked stepmother/stepsisters (in this case sister as she get’s along with the other one), a prince, and a ball there is very little of Cinderella in it and I believe the characters could have easily stood on there own. Also her name isn’t Cinder, but is a nickname that I’m still not entirely sure how she got it. The only thing that really made me enjoy this book was the Lunars and the plague. I’m fascinated to know more about both so I will continue reading the series… well the next book at least.