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 enjoyed this book. It's one of the most original fairytale re-takes I've read, yet it definitely has the Cinderella flavor. I love it that she's a mechanic--a greasy, disheveled mechanic. And the best mechanic in the land! It's perfect. I also love the mix of humanity, cyborg, robot, and Lunar peoples.
I had a hard time deciding whether to give this a 4 or 5 star rating. Ultimately, I went with 4 stars because while it was a great read, it wasn't UN-PUT-DOWN-ABLE for me until the last 150 pages or so. Then . . .whoa! It all gets crazy intense. And leaves us dying for book two!
This one is well worth the time!
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