This books follows the life of Cinder, a cyborg who is also a mechanic. She lives in New Beijing as a second class citizen. Her life becomes intertwined with the life of Prince Kai. She finds herself caught between freedom, betrayal, and duty while she uncover the truth about her past.
“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”
Cinder was a strong main character. I really enjoyed having a woman so different as a main character. She didn’t care if she was filthy, or that she was a cyborg. She’s an independent and lonely woman, but in a lot of ways she showed us she doesn’t need anyone to be happy or to accomplish what she wants. She is a role model because she taught us that we don’t need a man to be happy or to become a succesful woman out there. I felt like the romance between her and Kai was a little bit rushed, and I don’t think she really feels something about him. Kai is a good prince and a loyal one, but I don’t think he is ready for a romance with Cinder. I mean, they were great together but I think they have a lot to do in order to develop a relationship. My favorite was Iko because it brought life into this story. This android was so funny and so full of happiness, I need it in my life. The ones I didn’t enjoyed at all was Queen Levana and Adri, you all know why. The only thing I would say is that I despise them and I want them to go to hell. There’s a character I would love to read more about, Dr. Erland.
The plot, the world building and the character development were brilliant. I love the concept of a New Beijing; I loved how futuristic it was. I really admire the abilities of the Lunars, but I don’t know why, I think they or Queen Levana have something to do with the disease (Letumosis). In some ways this book was a little bit predictable. I mean, halfway through the book you already could guess the truth about Cinder, but it was kind of great how they introduce it. It’s kind of boring seeing the same trope “you have to marry me in order to save your people and yourself”, but even though it’s boring I like reading it (do you feel me? haha).
I’m expecting a lot of good things from Cinder, and the new characters in the rest of the series. More fight, loss, betrayal? We’ll see. This was an easy read and it wasn’t a boring one. If you are into fairytales you’ll love this one. I highly recommend this book, and I’m willing to say the rest of the series because I’ve heard great things and the writing of Marissa Meyer is beautiful. Great start to the series, I really enjoyed it.