Scarlet February 13, 2013
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Cinder is a cyborg girl living in New Beijing with her stepmother and two stepsisters. When a deadly plague infects her sister, Cinder must work with the handsome Prince Kai to find a cure while unraveling her mysterious past.
I normally don’t read fairytale retellings but this one caught my interest. The idea of a cyborg Cinderella is inventive and refreshing. Cinder is a mechanic who lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters. Cinder is under appreciated by her stepmother Adri in part because of her cyborg status. Adri is constantly reminding Cinder of her lower rights as a cyborg. But Cinder finds ways to fight back and rebel against Adri which just makes her an even better character in my opinion. Plus, she has a lot of great enhancements as a cyborg including a built in lie detector, a secret compartment in her leg, and the internet in her head. I really liked Prince Kai too, of course he was incredibly handsome which didn’t hurt, but he was also genuinly nice to Cinder. It will be interesting to see where their relationship it going to go.
There never seemed to be a dull moment throughout the book. Between Adri’s eveil schemeing, the deahtly Plague, and the terrifying Lunar Queen Levana, Cinder is alwys trying to overcome some obstacle. Some parts of the story were predictable but I had expected that with a retelling of Cinderella. Even the predicable parts had a futuristic twist to them that was exciting.
Cinder is a strong and likeable character and I enjoyed following her on her adventure. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait for the next one!
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