(The Lunar Chronicles #1)
by Marissa Meyer
Narrated by Rebecca Soler
Format Read: Audible & Kindle
Publish Date: January 3, 2012
Length: 10 hrs 6 mins
Buy the Audio: Audible
How Many Stars? 5+
Synopsis: 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.
Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella with a twist. Cyborgs, Lunars, a Lunar Queen who's evil and keeps threatening to start a war with Earth. And a plague - Letumosis.
I honestly don't think there was a part of this book I didn't enjoy (which is saying something because Cinderella was never one of my favorite fairytales). Marissa Meyer must have been channeling Cinderella when she wrote this because there is one scene where Cinder's stepmom, Adri, and her stepsister, Pearl, are accusing her of stealing shoes and a dress. I could clearly picture the cartoon version with ribbons and pieces of the dress being torn from Cinderella by jealous and angry stepsisters. And of course, that is one of the classic moments in the original fairytale so I loved that she stayed true to it!
Ooh, and then my favorite part was the mysterious Lunar Heir who may or may not be alive but could de-throne (is that a word?) the evil Queen Levana! Kai has been searching for her through most of the book and every time someone brought her up, I got excited!
Favorite Quote Time!
"I don't know. I don't actually remember anything from before the surgery."
His eyebrows rose, his blue eyes sucking in all the light of the room. "The cybernetic operation?"
"No, the sex change."
The doctor's smile faltered.
(I can't help it! I think Dr. Erland was one of my favorite characters - especially the way the narrator portrayed him in the audio).