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.
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Rating: 4/5 Stars!
I completely loved this book! Ever since I first saw Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, I completely loved the story of a girl who overcomes adversity and finds her Prince Charming.
This book was an incredible retelling because the character that represent’s Cinderella is a strong heroine who desires greatness. I really enjoyed Cinder’s character development throughout the book. I enjoyed seeing her go from feeling worthless to gaining the courage to stand up to her stepmother.
The Prince Charming, Kai, had amazing view of the world. I had sympathy with the struggles he had to face. He had to deal with his father’s death and being forced to become a leader of a kingdom. He was not ready but he was able to stay calm and make smart decisions. I love how he saves one of the servants that Queen Levana is ready to punish horribly. He deeply cares about his kingdom and I just plainly could connect to him easily.
The best part of this book was the villain, Queen Levana. She combines the brilliant evil characteristics of an intimidating exterior, devious mind-controlling and haunting beauty. She rivals the incredible Lord Voldemort in the best villain competition!
I also liked how the plot rolled steadily along the pages. Ever scene had a purpose and enticed my interest. I was rooting for Cinder to find a cure for Peggy and for Kai to figure out how to save New Beijing.
There is one factor about the book that I wish was different: its predictability. I was completely right about the person Cinder was before she was a cyborg.
Still, I love the cohesive writing, wonderful characters and the incorporation of Cinder actually being close friends with one of her stepsisters!
Thanks for reading!