Cinder is a teenaged cyborg in future China that is suffering from a world-wide plague. Being a cyborg or part machine, it is natural that Cinder is a mechanic/techie and runs a booth in the market fixing anything mechanical. Yes, it is cyborg Cinderella and one of the best books I’ve read recently. There most certainly is a prince. He is the dashing, kind, young ruler-to-be in need of a mechanic to fix his android. When his father dies of the plague, Prince Kai inherits the plague catastrophe and also impending invasion from a Lunar nation. Cyborgs are considered to be second class citizens thus expendable in the experimentation for a plague cure. Cinder’s cruel step-mother gladly turns over Cinder for experimentation in exchange for payment. The plague scientist discovers who or what she really is . . .
The characters are solid and the writing is engaging. This book has the linger effect or fixation factor. I did not want to put it down and the story stayed with me, nagging at my brain as I went about my day. That’s the mark of a really good story. I see this as the next big YA hit, except one thing could hold it back – the cover! The cover art shown on this blog entry is perfectly fine. Not girly – somewhat enchanting. While I was reading, I thought finally there is a Cinderella story that boys will enjoy! As I write this it seems the cover art had changed. A red shoe with a 4-inch heel is on the cover. Arrgh! So boys, ignore the cover and read this book. There is no smooch romance in Cinder. It is a unique science fiction, action, mystery story and I eagerly wait the next installment.
Galley review – publication date 1.3.12