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.
Cinderella, a cyborg? What? This is not the Disneyfied version I grew up with, and I have to admit, I had my reservations about making Gus Gus’s Cinderelly into a mechanical wrench wielding ungirly heroine, but for the first time in years I have not been able to put a book down. I love the futuristic independent original girl I found in Cinder. For anyone who loves the classics and scfi, this is a must read, I don’t care how old you are.