Thought you could never hear a new original version of Cinderella? Think again. Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a new twist on the classic fairy tale. Cinder is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles quartet. The world is not as you knew it, Earth has survived World War IV and has not been run the same for hundreds of years. There are no countries, only five commonwealths. Cinder takes place in the Eastern Commonwealth in New Beijing that is ruled by an Emperor and his son, Prince Kai. Cinder is a mechanic that is forced to work in her family’s marketplace stall to bring in income since Cinder’s family is only her stepmother and her two stepsisters, Pearl and Peony. Cinder is an orphan that was adopted five years ago by her stepmother’s dead husband. What is different about Cinder is that she is a cyborg that is only part human. In Cinder’s world, cyborgs are treated as second class citizens and are subject to prejudice. The moon is also now a country called Luna. Luna’s citizens is also subject to prejudice as well since Luna’s ruler is threatening war against Earth. Cinder is about to find out new information about herself that will shock her world and make her question who she really is.
I really enjoyed Cinder and read it in one sitting. I rate Cinder five stars because from the very beginning, it hooked me in and didn’t let me go until I had finished the entire almost 400 page book. There were a few predicable twists but there were also some things that happened that I did not see coming at all. The book did end on a cliffhanger which I hate but I will plan on picking up the next book in the series soon!